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NHL Playoffs Red Wings at Penguins - 05-31-08

May 31, 2008 8:36 PM

by Kevin Stott | Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins (-120, 5o -130) (NBC): Pittsburgh did what it needed to do Wednesday – score first and create some desperately needed momentum for the team as well as their fans. Mission accomplished. And now that they believe, half the battle is won after all the "experts," talking sports heads and know-nothings all sang together that Pittsburgh was done after being shut out twice and outscored 7-0 in Games 1 and 2 in Hockeytown. Now what can they possibly say?

With an amazing 17 straight wins at Mellon Arena and a perfect 9-0 record in The Igloo in the playoffs, Pittsburgh is an automatic go-on here, despite the talent of the mighty Red Wings. And with Marc-Andre Fleury matching Chris Osgood in goal and Sidney Crosby starting to score (had two goals in Wednesday’s 3-2 win), and such a fair price (-120) in this pivotal game in prime time tonight, it’s not hard to handicap this one. Quite simply, Pitt knows it will have trouble winning in Detroit so to win in Pittsburgh and not be embarrassed is these Stanley Cup Finals is the priority for them and that all starts with winning this Game 4. Goals should again be scarce, with 5-6 at the most. PENGUINS -120, UNDER 5 +120.