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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