Title of Pick: Chan's Free Play
Time of Pick: 7:35 ET
TV: SNET-West, FS-Detroit, DTV: 663
Vegas rotation #'s: 67, 68
Covers opening line: -170
Current Odds: -170
5 Dimes: -170
Edmonton is just 4-5-3 on the road this year, and is coming off a 4-3 OT loss at Columbus on Tuesday. It was the Oilers third loss in a row.
Detroit is 8-4-2 at home, and is coming off a 2-1 win over Colorado on Tuesday. Goaltender Jimmy Howard was brilliant, stopping 36 shots. Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen potted the goals.
Note that Edmonton is 0-3 this year after playing three consecutive road games.
Note that Detroit has won four of the last five in this series, including a 2-1 victory at home on February 9th.
This is a 1* free play on the Detroit Red Wings. Simply a tough spot for the Oilers, who must turn around and hit the road for a game the following night in Nashville, before heading to undefeated Chicago on Sunday. Sometimes a favorite is a favorite for a reason, and in this case, I have no problem in recommending a second look at the home side in this one!
Good luck, David