Tuesday, March 18th 2014, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings Prediction – Free NHL Picks – NHL Picks Today (3/18/14)
It is a rematch of the 2014 Winter Classic (sort of) on Tuesday night as the Maple Leafs head into Joe Louis Arena to face off against the Red Wings.
The Maple Leafs will look to reclaim their spot in third place in the Eastern Conference with a victory in Detroit on Tuesday as the battle for playoff spots heat up down the stretch. The Leafs had a very successful road trip in California as they went 2-1 against three of the best teams in the league but were dealt a dose of reality at the hands of the Capitals in Washington in their last outing.
Toronto is a very funny team as they seem very predictable with how they’re going to play based on their competition and they seem to find a way to beat the good teams and flop against the middle of the pack.
The Leafs will turn to James Reimer once again as Jonathan Bernier continues to nurse an injury but the Leafs have had Detroit’s number and will look for another win here tonight.
The Red Wings have been a tough team to figure out this season as they have a ton of talent on their roster and expectations were sky-high after their move to the Eastern Conference but they are scratching their way trying to stay relevant and could miss the playoffs altogether. Reality is that injuries have killed this team this season.
Detroit is still without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg who could be out until the playoffs and while Detroit has a number of capable replacements to fill the void those are two of the best in the world and their absence is being felt greatly. Jimmy Howard will look to push the Wings into the playoffs but in my opinion he is not that type of goaltender. He needs a healthy team in front of him in order to shine, he does not have that.
Unfortunately for Detroit I do not see them coming out victorious tonight. Although they are playing a very overrated Toronto team, the Wings just do not have the depth to make up for all the injuries. And I say that because they just bumped Brendan Smith up to offense. He plays defense.
Toronto Maple Leafs +115 to win $115
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