The Detroit Red Wings will open up their best of seven Western conference semifinal NHL playoff round with Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks in a pro hockey game on Wednesday night. Face off time for game one from Chicago is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBC Sports Network.
The NHL playoff odds from game one of this playoff series had the home team Chicago Blackhawks favored by -190 odds with the return on the road underdog Detroit Red Wings at +175 odds. The goal over under line is set at 5 goals.
The teams met four times during the lockout season with each team winning twice and all wins coming on home ice. The two games played at Chicago were won by the Blackhawks in overtime and in a shootout.
Detroit is 13-10-3-2 on the road this season. The team advances into the Western conference semifinal round after disposing of the Anaheim Ducks in seven games. Detroit overcame a 3-2 deficit with two straight wins. They come off the 3-2 road victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday as a +126 road underdog. The game pushed the total of five goals.
The Red Wings never trailed in game seven and took a 3-1 lead into the third period. Detroit surrendered a goal to the Ducks at 16:43 of the third and held on in the final 3:17 of the game to win their opening round series. Four of the seven games went into overtime with Detroit winning three of them. The Red Wings have limited teams to an average of 2.3 goals per game good for fifth best in the NHL.
The Blackhawks are 21-3-0-2 playing on home ice. They advance in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after defeating the upstart Minnesota Wild in five games. After dropping game three to Minnesota 3-2 in overtime they held the Wild to just one goal total for the final two games of the series. Chicago wins game four 3-0 and in the series clincher it was 5-1 Blackhawks.
In their game five victory against Minnesota played last Thursday the Blackhawks stormed out to the 3-0 lead at the 6:26 mark of the second period before the Wild got on the scoreboard at 10:11 to cut their margin to 3-1. Chicago extended to a three goal game just 35 seconds later and the Wild were held scoreless the rest of the way. Chicago was good this season on both ends of the ice. They are the second best scoring team in the NHL with an average of 3.1 goals per game and are best in the league in goal against average by surrendering 2.0 goals a contest to opponents.