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Wings vs. Habs NHL Betting

Bettors can enjoy an Original Six NHL betting matchup Friday night when the Montreal Canadiens travel to Hockeytown to battle the Detroit Red Wings.

Shops like Bovada has Detroit as a -147 favorite and the Habs as a +136 underdog, with the over/under set at 5.5.

Immediately, the UNDER becomes an intriguing play for this matchup. Of Montreal’s last 11 road games, 10 have fallen under the betting total. That’s not a coincidence; it has everything to do with the play of Carey Price in goal. Price has been spectacular this season, posting a 1.92 goals-against average, .936 save percentage, and four shutouts.

On the road, he’s even better; 1.78 and .940.

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The Red Wings have been a force at home this season, going 10-3-2, but two of their three home losses have come in their last two games. Does that mean the Wings are a shaky bet against the red-hot Price? Or are they overdue for a big win?

Bettors should tread carefully with their pick here. Price has fared well against Detroit in his career, compiling a 2.27 goals-against average and .931 save percentage against the Wings in his career. The safer NHL betting play looks like the UNDER instead of the money line.

If you like old-time hockey, you’ll want to tune in the Philadelphia Flyers vs the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. The Bruins were angry and humiliated after blowing a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference final last spring against the Flyers; they got a measure of revenge last week, shutting out the Flyers 3-0.

The Flyers have been a powerhouse both offensively and defensively this season. Through Wednesday’s action, they were tied for the NHL lead in goals per game. With guys like Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Daniel Briere, Claude Giroux and Ville Leino pacing their offense, that should come as no surprise.

But the big secret to Philadelphia’s success this year has been rookie netminder Sergei Bobrovsky. Through Wednesday, he had a sparkling 14-4-3 record, a 2.29 goals-against average, and a .922 save percentage.

Still, the Bruins should be NHL betting favorites at home. They’re the stingiest team in hockey. Through Wednesday, they had the fewest goals allowed per game in the league and a whopping six shutouts as a team. Five of those donuts are courtesy of Tim Thomas, who is having a mind-blogging season (14-2-2, 1.49 GAA, .955).

The Bruins had won three of four through Wednesday’s action. Opponents have had serious trouble containing their big forwards – especially Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic. Big Lucic is finally having the season Bruins fans expected from him over the last few years, leading the team in goals (15) and points (25) through Wednesday.