To sum up for those looking at their French Open odds, Detroit is like the Rafael Nadal of the NHL, and Chicago is well, the rest of the world. The Blackhawks did themselves no favors with a poor performance in Game 1, and they’ll be behind the eight-ball in your online sports book again on Tuesday night for Game 2.
Blackhawks vs Red Wings odds – Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 PM ET
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are the stars of Chicago’s high-powered offense, but they had no answer for Detroit’s top line in a 5-2 loss in Game 1. The pair was held scoreless and was a combined -6 on the night, while Toews managed the only three shots the two could muster. Adam Burish and Kris Versteeg got on the scoresheet for the Blackhawks, who were outshot 43-32 and couldn’t get the puck away from the Red Wings. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 38 shots for the Blackhawks, but two goals in a 1:27 third-period span by the Red Wings ended the game.
The top line of Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Cleary showed the young ‘Hawks how to dominate on both ends of the ice, combining for four goals and seven points, while shutting down Chicago’s top line. Mikael Samuelsson added a goal for the Red Wings, who were almost toying with the Blackhawks in the puck-possession department. The Red Wings know that Chicago is a faster team, so if they keep the puck away from them, the Blackhawks’ speed is neutralized. Chris Osgood was solid between the pipes for Detroit, making 30 saves.
Blackhawks vs Red Wings odds are favoring Detroit at -205, and if the Blackhawks are going to make this a competitive series, players like Kane, Toews, Martin Havlat and Patrick Sharp must be better than they were in Game 1. Not just on the offensive end, either, because Detroit has four lines that can hurt you on both ends of the ice. The Blackhawks’ lack of experience showed in the first game, and some believe nerves were the main culprit behind their terrible showing. If they play the way they did in the first two period of the game, they’ll have a shot. However, the Detroit fans won’t let up from Game 1, which should lead to another win. Bet on Detroit for a hockey betting win on Tuesday.