There are only three games on the NHL slate on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing worth watching. Two games come from the Eastern Conference while the nightcap is featured from the West. Here’s a look at the card and the matchups on the hockey odds:
Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Wednesday, 7:00 PM ET
Odds: Penguins -175
It is always an occasion when Sidney Crosby plays the team he favored as a child (especially in Canada), and he has been fantastic against Montreal, scoring 13 goals and 32 points in 23 games. The newly-minted captain of the Canadian national team has 68 points to lead the league, while the Penguins are atop the East with 70 points thanks to seven wins in their last 10 games. Meanwhile, the Habs have been up and down as of late with a 4-4-2 record, but they are still fourth in the conference with 59 points as of Tuesday.
The Penguins have won seven of their last 10 against the Canadiens, who are 4-6 in their last 10 in Pittsburgh. The Pens are 20-4-0 at home, and it’s tough to bet against that.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins
Chicago Blackhawks @ Detroit Red Wings
Wednesday, 8:00 PM ET
Odds: Blackhawks -135
The Blackhawks are holding steady at second in the West, but they do need a little more from Patrick Kane, who is fourth in the NHL in scoring with 56 points, but he hasn’t scored in 10 games with just three assists in that time as well. Perhaps his luck will turn around against the Red Wings, who are ninth in the East right now, and are struggling without the injured Pavel Datsyuk as well as Daniel Alfredsson. Henrik Zetterberg leads the team with 39 points, but he is getting a lot of attention and can’t do it on his own. Detroit needs some secondary scoring, and in a hurry before they fall out of the playoff race completely.
Chicago is 7-3 in their last 10 games against their former Norris Division rivals, and they have the same record in their last 10 trips to Detroit, who are an uncharacteristic 7-11-7 at home. Take the ‘Hawks on the NHL betting lines to get past the banged-up Wings.
Phoenix Coyotes @ Calgary Flames
Wednesday, 9:30 PM ET
Odds: Coyotes -135
Two slumping teams meet in Calgary in the final game of the night, as the Coyotes are 3-7-0 in their last 10 while the Flames are 2-7-1 and looking to snap a four-game skid. This could end up being a high-scoring game as Phoenix is 25th in goals against and Calgary is 28th, but the difference is that the Coyotes are ninth in goals scored and the Flames are 29th. Calgary has scored more than two goals just once in their last 13 times, during which they have won just twice and one of those wins required a shutout by goalie Karri Ramo.
These two have split their last 10 meetings overall, but Calgary has won six of the last 10 meetings at home with Phoenix. The ‘Yotes are slightly better on the road than Calgary is at home and the Flames just won’t be able to score enough to get the win.