According to Stanley Cup odds, Detroit is still the favorites to repeat, but they missed a great chance to take the series lead via some bad officiating and a hot rookie goalie in Game 3. The Red Wings are the sportsbook favorites on Thursday in Anaheim, and they’ll need all of their Cup-winning experience to avoid a 3-1 deficit to the Ducks.
Red Wings vs Ducks odds – Thursday, May 7, 10:30 PM ET
The Red Wings outshot the Ducks 46-23 in their 2-1 loss in Game 3, but the talking point was a quick whistle that disallowed Marian Hossa’s goal that would have tied the game with 1:09 remaining. The referee claims to have lost sight of the puck, but regardless, the whistle was premature. Henrik Zetterberg potted his fourth goal of the playoffs for the Red Wings, who squandered two power plays in the last 10 minutes of the game and were 1-of-5 with the man advantage for the game. Chris Osgood had another shaky game in goal, stopping 21 of 23 shots.
Jonas Hiller outplayed his more-experienced counterpart again, making 45 saves, including 18 in the final 20 minutes. Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer notched the goals for the Ducks, who only managed nine shots over the last two periods of the game. They took a few undisciplined penalties, and they’re very lucky that Hiller was on top of his game, and they got that quick whistle on the Hossa “goal”.
Stanley Cup odds are backing the Red Wings at -150 on the road, and they find themselves in an unfamiliar position; with their backs against the wall. But the Red Wings are an experienced bunch, and they won’t let the pressure get to them. The Ducks have to stop taking unnecessary penalties, because Detroit’s got far too much firepower. Pavel Datsyuk needs to break out in this series, as he’s had a single assist in the opening game. He tried to be more physical in Game 3, but Datysuk’s game isn’t based on taking the body, it’s based on being the best two-way player in the league. Expect him and the rest of the Red Wings to pepper Hiller with plenty of shots, and take Detroit’s Stanley Cup odds for Game 4 on Thursday.