4/13 Game 1 NHL Free Pick

4/13 Game 1 NHL Free Pick Detroit vs Tampa Bay

Detroit Red Wings (+133) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (-152) Over 5 even. Under 5 -120

 

The Detroit Red Wings travel to Tampa to take on the Lightning in game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals

  • Detroit is 2-3 in their last 5 games including losing their last 2 regular season games.
  • The total is 1-2-2 in Detroit’s last 5 games
  • Detroit is 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
  • The total is 3-1-1 in Detroit’s last 5 road games.
  • Tampa Bay is 2-3 in their last 5 games
  • The total is 3-1-1 in Tampa’s last 5 games 
  • Tampa Bay is 3-2 in their last 5 home games
  • The total is 2-3 in Tampa’s last 5 home games

The Red Wings and Lightning tangle again in the first round of the playoffs after Detroit squandered a 3-2 lead against Tampa in last years first round and lost in 7. These two teams only finished 4 points apart in the conference standings and both aren’t as good as last year. The Lightning’s Ben Bishop is a fantastic goaltender helping Tampa finish 5th this season in goals against average. Jimmy Howard is back as the Wings number 1 goaltender after losing his starting job early in the season. This game and this series will come down to which team can find a way to score some goals. Both of these offenses has had trouble scoring goals all season finishing 12th (Tampa) and 17th (Detroit) in goals per game. We love Bishop and think he will be an overwhelming factor in this series. Look for not a lot of scoring in game 1 and for things to get chippy right away after last season’s grueling series. We like Tampa to win this game but we LOVE the UNDER. The pick: UNDER 5 -120

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