NHL Betting: Detroit Red Wings To Maintain Winning Streak at Tampa Bay


Winnipeg Jets at Philadelphia Flyers

After losing a tough one in Pittsburgh on Tuesday the Jets have stayed in Pennsylvania to try their hand against the Flyers.

Back to back wins have boosted Philadelphia's hopes of bridging the considerable gap to the postseason spots, as a powerful offensive team they do have the capability to find a groove and put a big sequence together.

Mark Streit's role in Philly's powerplay success is often underplayed in favour of Giroux or Voracek, the Swiss handles the puck coolly on the blueline and Kevin Shattenkirk is the only defenceman in the NHL with more points on the PP.

Avoiding that unit usually brings you success against the Flyers but Winnipeg have spent more time killing penalties than any other club by some margin. Results suggest the abrasive style is working as only Anaheim have a better road record and it has to be because the physical effect is helping them be so good defensively 5 on 5.

It can just as easily create man advantage opportunities and nobody has allowed more goals shorthanded than the Flyers. There's a big gap between these sides in my opinion and 2.60 for a Winnipeg victory is one to jump on.

 

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning

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First place in the Atlantic Division is on line and two skilful teams makes this one to look forward to.

Tampa looked sluggish on their return to action on Tuesday dropping a bad one in Carolina whilst the Red Wings showed they hadn't missed a step by taking their current win streak up to six.

Because of Jimmy Howard's injury Detroit ended up with no players at the All-Star game which I doubt Mike Babcock will be complaining about, Howard's absence is less likely to be felt when the offence is red hot and they've buried 20 goals in the last four games.

Captain Henrik Zetterberg leads the way with nine points over that spell, Gustav Nyquist isn't far behind on seven and only two players have more powerplay goals for the season than the Swede.

Having the hot stick might just make the difference when both teams can call upon excellent first and second lines so it'll be interesting to see what matchups Jon Cooper tries to get as the home coach.

You'd have to go back to early December for the last time the Lightning lost in front of their fans but those eight contests only included a couple of playoff-bound opponents.

That gives me hope because despite their streak the Red Wings are way out at 3.10 and those odds are too good to pass up.

Best Bet: Detroit Red Wings to win at 3.10