NHL Picks: Coyotes at Red Wings

Two NHL teams battling for their playoff lives hookup tonight in Detroit and our hockey picks look for underdog value supported by a nice NHL system.


Phoenix helped its playoff cause with a 3-2 shootout win against Chicago on Saturday when Mike Smith made 36 saves through overtime in his return after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Smith intends on playing in Phoenix’s final four games and Jimmy Howard will start for Detroit, who online sports betting shops have touted as a -150 moneyline favorite


The Coyotes, 2-0-2 in their last four road games, will try to come away with two points at Detroit for the first time since Oct. 28, 2010. Including playoffs, the Yotes have dropped five-straight at the Joe but this is not the same old Red Wings team.


Detroit is 1-2-3 in their last six and 3-5-3 in the club’s past 11 games, a stretch that includes a 4-2 loss in Phoenix on April 4. At home the Wings have a 1-3-2 in their last six outings and they’ll try and right that ship as the team gets set to finish with three consecutive games in the Motor City.


The Red Wings are averaging 1.73 goals in their last 11 games after registering 2.67 goals per contest in their first 33. Detroit got its only score in a 2-1 shootout loss in Vancouver on Saturday in the final seconds of the first period and only Nashville has scored fewer goals among Western Conference teams.



Phoenix has fired 30-plus shots on goal per game against its past five-straight opponents and it sets the Coyotes up for this NHL system with a 57-percent hit rate since 1996:


– Play ON money line road dogs (Coyotes) who have averaged 30 or more shots on goal in five consecutive games that allow their opponents an average of four or less power play opportunities per game.


This system is 6-1 in 2013 and has a solid 81-61 record since 1996 for a net profit of plus-44 units. As the Desert Dogs fight to stay alive we are backing them with excellent road dog value.

Pick: Take the Coyotes


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