After dropping two of their first three games of the season the Detroit Red Wings and their injured defense corps will look for better results this weekend as they take on the Wild and the Blackhawks.
Detroit sandwiched a win over the lowly Blue Jackets between losses to the Blues and the Stars in their first three games of the season, and lost defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and Ian White (leg) indefinitely in the process.
And with Nicklas Lidstrom retired and Brad Stuart now in San Jose, that leaves the Red Wings' blueline in a weakened state behind Niklas Kronwall as the team returns to action on Friday night at home against Minnesota.
The Red Wings are 7-3 over their past 10 games against the Wild dating back to early 2010, although Minnesota improved its roster last summer when they were able to acquire free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Three of the past four meetings between Detroit and Minnesota have turned into UNDER results on the NHL betting odds at sportsbooks like 5Dimes.
Detroit will then be in Chicago on Sunday to take on the Blackhawks. The Red Wings are riding a three-game losing streak against the Blackhawks into that weekend matchup, with Chicago 7-3 over their past 10 meetings overall. The UNDER has paid out in each of the last six Wings/Hawks contests for totals bettors.
Chicago is in Dallas on Thursday night this week before heading up to Columbus to meet the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. The Blackhawks have won seven games in a row against the Blue Jackets for their supporters on the NHL betting lines at sportsbooks like 5Dimes.
After playing in Detroit on Friday the Wild will move on to St. Louis to battle with the Blues on Sunday night. The Blues are just 4-6 over their past 10 games against the Wild, with the OVER/UNDER going 3-5-2 for totals bettors in those 10 contests.
On the latest Stanley Cup futures at the Blackhawks are at 9/1 on the odds to win the NHL championship this season, with the Blues at 10/1, the Wild at 14/1, the Red Wings at 22/1, and the Blue Jackets at 150/1.