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Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames NHL Pick: April 17th 2013

April 17th, 2013

NHL Picks: April 17th 2013
Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames
Prediction: Detroit -153 odds

This is a 1* free NHL pick on the Detroit Red Wings over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night (9:35 ET).

These teams have played twice this year and Calgary has won both: 4-1 in Detroit on February 5th and 5-2 at home on March 13th. The Wings are 20-15-7 overall and 10-8-3 on the road. They’re coming off a 3-0 win at Nashville on Sunday. Calgary is 16-22-4 overall and 11-9-2 at home. It’s coming off a 4-3 loss vs. Minnesota on Monday. This is an important game for the Wings, as they sit tied with Columbus for the final Western Conference playoff spot and just two ahead of Dallas. “You should know it’s a fairly urgent situation for us, but I think it’s been like that all year,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday. “I heard lots of times we’ve been inconsistent, but that’s not true. We’ve been the most consistent Red Wings’ team I ever coached. We’ve been in the grinder since the start.” The wheels finally came off the bus for the Flames last time out, having to dress a lot of young players because of injuries and trades. Calgary’s normally unflappable goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is sputtering down the stretch, posting a 4.12 GAA while losing his last six starts. Wings’ goaltender Jimmy Howard had 22 saves for his third shutout of the year vs. Nashville and has a big opportunity to build off that performance against this inconsistent home side. With two whole days off after tonight’s game to prepare for the final week of the regular season, I believe the Wings play with an extreme sense of desperation, taking advantage of this situation and avenging the earlier setbacks in the process. Consider laying the price in this one.