Red Wings vs. Penguins NHL Best Bet: Modest Total To Secure the Playoffs

Daniel Sprong of Detroit Red Wings NHL Global Series Ice Hockey Stockholm
Forward Daniel Sprong of Detroit Red Wings (L) shoots to score past goaltender Ilya Samsonov of Toronto Maple Leafs during the NHL Global Series Ice Hockey match between Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings in Stockholm on November 17, 2023.
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A thrilling NHL game unfolds tonight, with the playoffs looming close. Teams are fiercely contending for their spot on the ice in the coming weeks. It’s the perfect opportunity to capitalize on NHL odds and make a winning bet at our top-rated sportsbooks.

NHL Pick

Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Thursday, April 11, 2024 – 07:00 PM ET at PPG Paints Arena

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone Under in 5 of Detroit’s last 6 games.
  • The total has gone Under in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games played on a Thursday.
  • The total has gone Under in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.

All to Play for in Pittsburgh

Coming into this game both the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins are level on points and sit right outside the final playoff spot, which is currently occupied by the Washington Capitals, who have just one more point than both teams.

We expect this to be a playoff-type game with no quarter given. Although goals are possible, we would rather bet on the Under total in this situation, and thankfully, the total line is in our favor.

The Pick

Our initial reaction here was to bet goals. However, recent results for both teams have not favored goals with just 9 of 20 going Over 5.5 goals in both teams’ previous 20 games combined. The Under 6.5 line has also hit 9 times.

With this total line sitting at 6.5, we were surprised given what’s at stake for both teams in terms of playoff chances if they go on to lose this game. There will be goals scored but can we hit seven? Maybe not, let’s hope not.

We expected to see Under 6.5 goals for around -130, so we do have a margin of ten cents for some small value here.

NHL Pick: Under 6.5 Goals (-120) at Bet365

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