NHL Playoffs Picks, Predictions: Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings

The Blackhawks came out flat in Game Two and the Red Wings capitalized. In one of our most polarizing predictions of the playoffs (see posts below), Game Three could give a team a big edge.

I still think the Blackhawks are the better team, and one game doesn’t change my mind about that. I still think this series will be a grind, and had it going seven games. I still think the Blackhawks have too much chemistry and too much depth. I love the two-way players on this roster and think they can shut down an aging Red Wings team.

That said, Detroit is a great team. They have veteran leadership and Pavel Datsyuk may be the best player left in the playoffs. Jimmy Howard is a capable goalie, and at home, the Red Wings always seem to be that much tougher.

This is a very low confidence pick for me on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Z-Code has a five-star underdog VALUE pick, with two-star conflicting signal for Blackhawks to win with a 56% ML chance. Low confidence, but conflicting parameters may suggest it is best to stay away. A hard game to read the algorithm on… Wings have value, but we both lean to Chicago a bit.

Blackhawks 3 – Red Wings 2

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