Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

 

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The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings in the last game for their first win of the season and look to double up their win total in the Windy City in this game.

The Red Wings were coming off a win before losing to the Blackhawks in their last game. The team is 2-3 on the season and has not won or lost two games in a row. Detroit is only averaging two goals per game and has not scored more than three goals in any of their five games this season.

The Blackhawks finally got their first win of the season in their last game against the Wings. Their defense was legit in the game only giving up one goal while in their first four games they gave up five goals in each one.

The Blackhawks have won five of their last six games facing the Red Wings.

Harking Back to Last Season

In the last game, the Red Wings lost to the Blackhawks 4-1 in a game that was a reminder of the team last season that had, by far, the fewest points in the league and struggled on both sides of the ice. In the last game Detroit had more shots (31-28) but gave up the first three goals before Dylan Larkin scored his third goal of the season.

In their previous contest, Thomas Greiss got his third start and his third loss giving up three goals on 27 shots. He has given up three goals in each of his last two starts and in the first one gave up two goals but got no help in a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jonathan Bernier has won his first two starts of the season where he gave up two goals in each and I would think he would get the call in this game.

In the early part of the season, Bobby Ryan and Dylan Larkin have propelled the offense, as they have combined for seven goals. Larkin scored the lone goal in the last game and in his previous game had two assists.

Finally, Not Five

After giving up five goals in each of their first four games the defense showed some moxie in the last game in the 4-1 win over the Wings. Four different players scored a goal in the game, Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored on the power play, and Mattias Janmark scored a shorthanded goal late to put the game out of reach.

Kevin Lankinen notched his first win of the season in the last game only giving up one goal and in his only other start, he was peppered giving up five goals on 30 shots. Collin Delia has lost the first two starts for Chicago giving up five goals in each on a total of 73 shots.

Patrick Kane leads the team with five points with three goals and two assists and he has lit the lamp in each of his last two games. Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kubalik each have two goals and while DeBrincat has not tickled the twine in the last two games he had two assists in the last game.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Wings lost to the Blackhawks in the first game for the first win for Chicago and Detroit has lost 38 of their last 52 games facing a team with a losing record. On top of that they have lost 40 of their last 51 road games. The team has gone 2-2 in their first two games, which was a killer start for the team that had a horrible last season. Still, the true colors for the rebuilding Wings will show again in this game, as the Blackhawks will dominate both sides of the ice. They will get the W for their second win and send Detroit to their second loss in a row.

Prediction:
Chicago Blackhawks -128

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The first game between these teams went Under and in the last 21 games in Chicago the Under record is 12-3-6. However, I think this game will go over, as the Blackhawks defense will not hold up for two straight games and, on the other side of the coin, the Detroit defense will struggle again. I see this game being a closer one but one where both teams will score multiple goals. While a barnburner may not be in the cards the Over is, as that is the pick for this Sunday matchup.

Prediction:
Over 6 goals