by Kevin Stott | Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings (-230, 5u -120 LVH) (G2) (Versus TV): The West’s No. 1 seed went 2-0 (9-4 goals) against the Stars in Detroit in the regular season and looked downright scary against the Avalanche, pelting hobbled Colorado for eight goals in the series finale. With Franzen (11 goals), Zetterberg, (7), Datsyuk, Chelios Draper and Maltby, the red-hot Wings can get scoring from almost anyone and have four very solid lines to work with. Dallas has its share of skill on offense with Reibeiro, Modano, Morrow, Lehtinen, Zubov and Robidas playing really well together as series upsets over the Ducks and Sharks prove.
Detroit is so darn superior in Hockeytown (29-3-3 regular season, 6-0 playoffs, outscoring opponents, 22-9 into this game), that you have to side with Osgood (7-0, .939 save percentage) over the Stars desire to simply try and steal the game. Again, the number of skill position players and scorers on the ice through a 60-minute game just too much for goalies – even the elite Osgood and Turco – to fight through with the total likely again set at five goals. Also, loved the way the Wings jumped out to a 4-0 lead in opener. Great commitment to defense and taking the body by the red-and-white. RED WINGS -230, OVER 5.