by Kevin Stott | Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings (-170, 5½u, LVH Open) (Versus): How good did Detroit look on Saturday? Goalie Chris Osgood (11-2 playoffs, 1.48 GAA) registered his 12th career postseason shutout despite several sure scoring opportunities early in Hockeytown. Now 13-4 in the postseason, Detroit looked much more the mature team that knew what to do and when to do it.
And with an 11-1 home mark in Motown now, and gads of confidence from the opener, expect Detroit to stay in that groove with the intent of heading to Pitttsburgh up 2-0. With the first goal in the playoffs becoming seemingly more important with every series, the first goal in this Game 2 will be massive.
One smart move Mike Babcock made was to put his best line up against the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby-line. And the difference in shots on goal (Detroit, 36-19), reveals that Detroit feels very comfortable on its own ice and knows how to maximize its play with the puck.
As far as the total – which is still set at 5½ goals – the lean is towards the under as the two teams’ goalies (Osgood and Fleury) have been phenomenal and the pressure is on the Penguins to not less this get out of hand. Not a bad idea to play these two picks against each other and pull for a 3-2 (or under) Red Wings victory. One late note: Johan Franzen was cleared to play tonight by Detroit. RED WINGS, UNDER 5½.