Puck Line Pick
Just looking at this game tells me I will not be touching it with a 10 foot pole. We have the worst team in the league by far taking on a Stanley Cup contender in the Washington Capitals. The Red Wings may have had a few nice wins recently, but they are a team I would never bet. The Capitals are struggling right now too, but since they are still one of the best teams in the NHL, they are the only side you can look to in this game. However, the money line is absurdly high, and I would never ever recommend a play at this type of price. Frankly, the puck line is going to be too steep as well, but that is literally the only way I can lean. Washington beat Detroit 5-2 earlier this season, so I would expect another multiple goal win.
Over Under Pick
The total is much more reasonable to break down as essentially we have two teams who are completely different is terms of their scoring ability. The Red Wings average 2 goals per game, while the Capitals score 3.4 goals. Washington’s defense is definitely not great, but it is very unlikely that Detroit is going to find the back of the net more than twice. I cannot get past the lack of scoring from the Red Wings, which has me on the under and I like this bet as a strong lean.