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NHL Best Bet of the Day: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins

Apr 2, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates back down the ice during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings will visit the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday for their second game in three days. Detroit took Game 1 of the home-and-home by a score of 4-1 at Little Caesars Arena.

The Red Wings’ victory coupled with the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames Wednesday has seen us go 1-5 over the past two days, but we’re still 21-12 overall heading into PPG Paints Arena Thursday.

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By the Numbers

  • Detroit’s win on Tuesday was its sixth in a row and has the Red Wings up to 8-2 in their last 10 games. Now they’ll head on the road, where they’re 15-20-3-2 overall on the year but 24-16 against the spread.
  • The Penguins are 5-5 in their last 10 games, with six of those games being decided by at least two goals.
  • Pittsburgh is 22-14-3-0 at home this year but its covered the spread in just 17 of 39 games.
  • The Penguins have gone over the total in just one of their last 10 games, while the Red Wings are 4-6 against the number.

Projected Goalie Starters

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Jimmy Howard vs. Matt Murray

Howard was the star Tuesday, stopping 38 of 39 shots on goal he faced. Murray allowed three goals on 25 shots.

The 24-year-old Penguins goalie still owns a .932 save percentage since March 1 and should be expected to bounce back.

Key Injuries

Penguins D Brian Dumoulin was a late scratch Tuesday due to a lower-body injury. He’s likely to join D Kris Letang on the sideline once again Thursday. C Evgeni Malkin (upper body) is expected to be a game-time decision after practicing Wednesday on a line with Phil Kessel and Brian Rust.

The Red Wings aren’t expected to receive any notable additions Thursday as their injury list remains lengthy. Still, it hasn’t seemed to have an affect on their results during a lengthy winning streak.

NHL Best Bet

Moneyline: We’re not going to touch the Penguins at -290. Detroit having +240 odds is somewhat intriguing after Tuesday’s result and their current hot streak, but that would mean expecting Murray to have two stinkers in a row. We’ll pass on the moneyline with Malkin having a chance to return.

Against the spread: I’d like bigger odds than -110 for Pittsburgh to cover -1.5. We’ll take the same odds on Detroit at +1.5, as they somehow continue to get wins.

Over/under: UNDER 6 is the better number for bettors Thursday. Take it at -105 and brace for Detroit pulling off another miracle.

Follow Esten on Twitter @EstenMcLaren


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