NHL Betting: Detroit To Spread Their Wings Against The Flyers


The Detroit Red Wings are a good value bet against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, writes Unibet columnist Mike Fuller...


Philadelphia Flyers 2.15, the Draw 3.85, Detroit Red Wings 2.90 – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.05 GMT

The Flyers were well and truly grounded by a 6-1 home thrashing from Boston on Saturday and that was a third straight defeat.

After their surge around the turn of the year suddenly they find themselves being overtaken again. Such is the seemingly intrinsic fortitude in Motor City, the Wings keep finding ways to win and avoid spells like that even in the face of terrible luck, their two leading forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have not made this trip because of injuries.

The team has scored four goals in each of the last three games, add Johan Franzen back into the mix plus the hot hands of Gustav Nyquist and they can still really hurt you. On defence and in goal they are fully healthy with Jimmy Howard picking up his efforts which has made coping that much easier. 

Speaking of netminders, clearly Philly liked Steve Mason's performance in the short time he's been with them but on the night they signed him to a new three-year contract he was pulled in the second period. Mason has also allowed seven goals in the two games since and backup Ray Emery has fared even worse. Take Detroit here at a pretty well valued 2.90.

 

Winnipeg Jets 2.12, the Draw 3.85, Nashville Predators 2.95 – starts at 01.05 GMT

Not a good time to go to Winnipeg to play the juiced up Jets especially if they've just nipped past you in your division. Needs must for a Nashville club that's won 5 of 14 games this month.

Now at 5-1 under new coach Paul Maurice, this might be because the Jets' fanbase has been going back to when the franchise moved to Manitoba in 2011, with just under 30 games remaining the seven points to a playoff spot is easily achievable if they maintain momentum.

A third period turnaround in Chicago of all places displayed their newfound belief, Blake Wheeler had two goals to add to his streak of 12 points in his last 10.

After reverting to a depressing type on the road with a pair of defeats, Nashville really don't look capable of stopping an exuberant offence, unable to hang onto the puck long enough to take the sting out and a vulnerable penalty kill to boot.

It's a fourth meeting of the season but the first since the early part of November when Bryan Little powered the Jets to 5-0 win, back them simply over the -1.5 handicap this time around.

 

Best Bet: Detroit Red Wings at 2.90.