NHL Betting – Red Wings vs. Sharks Preview
With the 2010 Super Bowl Line as the hottest topic of the day, hockey fans remain interested in the NHL playoff race as it heats up including key games Tuesday. Here is a preview of the San Jose Sharks versus Detroit Red Wings game.
Detroit Red Wings @ San Jose Sharks
Tuesday, February 2, 10:30PM (ET)
Western Conference rivals meet Tuesday night in the midst of an intense battle for playoff positioning. Sitting on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, the Detroit Red Wings are desperate for points. After a strong showing against the Pittsburgh Penguins this weekend, the Wings look to be trending up. The San Jose Sharks on the other hand, are fighting for top spot in the league and are one of the Western Conference’s legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.
What Detroit Needs to do to Win
5dimes Review odds: +160
Capitalize on the power play: With key players including Tomas Holmstrom, Jason Williams, and Niclas Kronwall all returning from injury, the Red Wings’ power play should receive a major boost. Typically one of the strongest points for the Red Wings, their power play has struggled this season sitting around the mid-point of the league at 18%. Holmstrom is always a force in front of the oppositions net, while Williams is a solid setup man, and Kronwall has a hard shot from the blueline. If the Red Wings power play can click in this game, their offense might be too much for the Sharks.
Jimmy Howard must stay hot: Playing against the deep offense of the San Jose Sharks, Jimmy Howard will need to stand on his head. In his last two games, Howard has had a .968 save percentage and stole valuable points for the Red Wings. The concern in this game would be that the Red Wings might choose to go with the struggling Chris Osgood, or that Jimmy Howard will begin to hit a wall like many rookies do as the season progresses. Facing the likes of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Dany Heatley, the Red Wings can only hope that Howard continues to build his case for rookie of the year honors. If he does, he could steal a win for the Wings.
What San Jose Needs to do to Win
Online Sports Betting odds: -180
Get traffic in front of the net: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has been dynamic lately. Getting traffic in front of the net should allow the Sharks to put the puck in the back of the net. With three of the league’s top 10 scorers in Heatley, Marleau, and Thornton, the Sharks are never hard up for goals; however, Howard presents an almost unknown obstacle for the Sharks. Getting in Howard’s face throughout the game could fluster the young goaltender and allow the floodgates to open for the Sharks’ juggernaut offense.
Stay out of the penalty box: As one of the most penalized teams in the NHL, the Sharks have a bad habit for taking penalties at inopportune moments in games. Tough players including Ryan Clowe, Jody Shelly, and Brad Staubitz can mix it up with the best in the NHL; however, they must keep their emotions in check against the Red Wings. With the Red Wings’ top players now healthy, their power play will be a threat in this game. On the converse, the Red Wings are one of the least penalized teams in the National Hockey League, so when given an opportunity, the dynamic Sharks power play, quarterbacked by defenseman Dan Boyle, must score.