Wings seek commanding series lead
The Detroit Red Wings will be looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead on Thursday night as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of their second-round NHL playoff set.
The Red Wings went up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series on Monday night with a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks as a +122 home underdog on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Jimmy Howard stopped 39 of 40 Chicago shots in that Game 3 victory.
The Red Wings are 24-16-8 so far on the season. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 36-7-5. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Detroit go 17-25-6 and the Blackhawks go 18-26-4 on the totals.
This game matches up the No. 10 (Red Wings) and the No. 1 (Blackhawks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 22-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.1 goals per game allowed. The Red Wings powerplay has clicked at a 18.4% rate while the Blackhawks have a 87.2% rate on the penalty kill.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Red Wings on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Wings at +122 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
Detroit Red Wings Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
A few Blackhawks at Red Wings trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Chicago is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Chicago is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Detroit's last 20 games when playing Chicago
Chicago home to Detroit, Saturday, May 25