Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Playoff Prediction: Under 5 goals -110 odds (May 25th 2013)
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We’ve yet to see a game in this series top five goals and I don’t see that changing as the Blackhawks face elimination on home ice on Saturday night.
Lost in Thursday’s 2-0 loss was the fact that Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford bounced back with arguably his best game of the series and that should bode well heading into Saturday’s contest.
Of course, the Blackhawks have been a terrific defensive team all season, allowing just two goals per game.
The Red Wings have really rounded into form over the course of these playoffs, particularly in their own end of the rink, where they’ve given up two goals or less in four of their last five games. Jimmy Howard has stood on his head over the last few games and that has only fueled the team’s confidence.
Going back to the regular season, the losing team has been held to one goal or less in seven of eight meetings here in 2013.
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Needless to say, this is the most important game of the series so far and I suspect that will lead to an even tighter-checking affair. There’s no need to over-analyze this selection – I don’t see the winning team scoring more than three goals, putting us in excellent position to cash with the ‘under’. Take the under (1*).