Daniel Alfredsson, the former captain and long-time standout for the Ottawa Senators, received a homecoming salute when the Detroit Red Wings forward visited Canada’s national capital over the weekend.
In ceremonies similar to Teemu Selanne’s return to Winnipeg or Peyton Manning’s NFL visit back to Indianapolis, the local fans were able to celebrate with the former face of their franchise.
“Alfie,” who turns 41 next week, was wildly cheered during a pregame ceremony, which featured a video tribute to honor the former Calder Trophy winner, playing his first game since leaving the Sens last summer after 17 seasons (14 wearing the “C”) to sign a one-year deal with Detroit.
The Wings went on to a 4-2 triumph, with Alfredsson posting an assist, then a poetic empty-net goal to cap a “Beautiful Day” – his favorite song, by U2.
Usually playing on the right side, Alfredsson is known for a rare 7-point game, and was the first player in NHL history to score a shootout goal.
More importantly to bettors, when Alfredsson missed some time in November, Detroit went just 1-2-2 (1-4 ATS), yet are now 4-0 since his return to the ice. Because of his advancing age, you need to make sure he’s in the lineup prior to going to the window to take the Wings.
Meanwhile, what’s wrong with the Senators?
According to the Ottawa Sun: “They couldn’t score on the power play and got caught on three line changes, all of which the Red Wings scored on. Coach Paul MacLean said his team ‘just didn’t play hard enough.’”
In other words, avoid placing your hard-earned dollars on Ottawa for the time being.
Totals: Since Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick went down with a pulled hamstring, the Kings are 6-1-2 to the UNDER. Conversely, the N.Y. Islanders have gone seven straight with 5 goals or more, losing six straight with a rugged West Coast trip starting this week.
Chicago won 6-of-7 on its “circus” road trip, forced to vacate their “barn” with Ringling Bros. in town…Columbus has alternated wins and losses in nine straight…Phoenix’s last seven losses (and 9-of-10) all going OVER.
Calgary dropped its 18th straight game in Anaheim, dating back to 2004…Slumping Minnesota (0-4 ATS) plays only four times at home in December. We’d like to get some value on them on the road, but the Wild have too many injuries.
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