Friday NHL odds: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings
The easy choice so far for NHL Rookie of the Year is Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth. Can the Swede stay unbeaten when he faces the Red Wings on Friday night? Detroit opened as a -125 favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
The Ducks enter off an impressive 3-2 shootout win in Chicago, the NHL’s best team on Tuesday. Corey Perry’s goal in the shootout was the clincher for Anaheim (9-2-1), which came into the game on nearly as impressive of a roll as Chicago, which got a goal from Jonathan Toews in the shootout but saw Fasth make big stops against Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad for the win. Fasth is the first goalie to win his first six NHL starts since Dan Ellis with Dallas and Nashville from Feb. 18, 2004 to Nov. 29, 2007. The Ducks have now won three of their first four games in a season-long six-game road trip, have won six of seven overall, and earned points in six of seven road games so far.
Detroit (7-4-2) lost 4-3 in overtime at home to St. Louis on Wednesday. Alexander Steen stuffed in a rebound 52 seconds into overtime to end the Blues’ five-game losing streak. After sputtering early in the lockout-shortened season, Detroit had won a season-high three straight wins with a stretch of success that started with a 5-1 victory over St. Louis. The Red Wings set themselves up to extend the streak, but blew a two-goal lead in the first period and chances to win in the third period on a pair of chances with an extra skater. Jimmy Howard faced just three shots in the first period and finished with 21 saves for the Red Wings.
Red Wings F Johan Franzen missed the game with a hip injury and Patrick Eaves replaced him in the lineup. Franzen is out Friday with a hip injury. General manager Ken Holland said Franzen is day-to-day. Howard will make his fourth start in a row for Detroit. It will be his 13th start in 14 games this season. Pavel Datsyuk has goals in three straight games for the Red Wings.
This is the first of three meetings, with the final two coming as part of a home-and-home on March 22 and 24. Detroit won the first three matchups on the 2011-12 slate before Anaheim took a 4-0 victory behind Jonas Hiller’s flawless, 23-save performance in their most recent game. Hiller now has been relegated to No. 2 behind Fasth. This is the finale of a four-game homestand on which Detroit has gone 2-0-1 so far.
WagerWeb.com trends: Home team is 38-13-1 in the last 52 meetings. Under is 19-7-2 in the last 28 meetings in Detroit. Under is 38-18-5 in the last 61 meetings. Ducks are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings. Ducks are 7-31-1 in the last 39 meetings in Detroit.