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Weekly NHL Betting action sees the Detroit Red Wings taking on the Anaheim Ducks February 23 at Honda Center. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.

The Anaheim Ducks will look to continue their recent dominance over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night when the two clubs meet at the Duck Pond on a light night of NHL action.

Daily NHL Hockey Odds

Detroit (33-14-2-8) at Anaheim (37-16-2-5)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, February 23, 2015
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Broadcast: NHLN-US, SN, FS-D, FS-W
Ducks Betting Odds: -145
Wings Betting Odds: +125
NHL Over Under Betting Odds: 5.5 +115
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Both teams have cooled off of late but both head into Monday’s clash having won two straight games. The big news ahead of this game is that Detroit’s leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg may miss his first game of the season after sustaining an upper body injury against Dallas Saturday.

The Red Wings have been OK lately – they are 6-3-1 and are coming off a 7-6 win against the Stars in a game that saw the team come back from a pair of two-goal deficits – but they struggled defensively. The team has scored 28 goals in their last eight games but has surrendered 18 non-shootout goals in their last five.

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The loss of Zetterberg could be huge – he is the quarterback on the power play, one of Detroit’s best penalty killers and he has been the Wings most consistent player all season long. Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar each have two points in two games and Nik Kronwall has two points in his last two games. Translation – there are a lack of Hot Wings right now – a concern when heading into play against one of the top team in the league.

Jimmy Howard will likely get the start between the pipes for Detroit but he hasn’t been great lately. Howard is 1-1-1 in his last three starts with a 3.26 GAA but has been terrific in his last nine starts against Anaheim – 7-1-1 with a 1.55 GAA.

The Anaheim Ducks are just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games but have won two straight games albeit in unflattering fashion. Last time out was an OK 2-1 win in Edmonton after scoring five times in the third period Friday to get by the Flames. Outside of that six goal effort against Calgary the Ducks scored two or less in four of five games- uncharacteristic for sure.

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That said there are a number of Ducks that seem to be snapping out of slumps. Of course there are Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry who have been split up in recent games by Coach Bruce Beaudreau – Perry scored against Edmonton and Perry was typically dominant.

Kyle Palmieri has three points in two games, Hampus Lindholm has four points in three games, Andrew Cogliano has four points in four games, Patrick maroon has three points in three games and Francois Beauchemin has two points in two games. The Ducks depth has returned and is very evident as we head into Monday night’s game. They will be difficult to defend to the chagrin of a Detroit team that has had issues in the defensive zone the last couple of weeks.

John Gibson is the likely starter for Anaheim after Ilya Bryzgalov was placed on waivers this past weekend. He is 2-0-0 in his last two starts with a 2.00 GAA and .927 save percentage over that span.

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He is 3-2-0 with a 2.82 goals-against average while starting the last five games for the Ducks.

NHL Gambling Trends

• DET are 8-2 in their last 10 games following a win.
• DET are 2-7 in their last 9 Mon. games.
• DET are 11-4 in their last 15 overall.
• ANA are 47-19 in their last 66 Mon. games.
• ANA are 12-5 in their last 17 home games.
• Over is 7-3-1 in ANA last 11 home games.
• Under is 9-3-2 in the last 14 meetings in Anaheim.
• Home team is 40-19-1 in the last 60 meetings.

The Red Wings will really miss Henrik Zetterberg in all aspects of the game – he is the glue that holds almost every aspect of that team together. Detroit has been giving up goals in boat loads the last couple of weeks and without one of their top offensive threats in the lineup it is hard to imagine the Wings keeping up with the team that owns the second best record in the NHL.

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To beat Anaheim teams need all hands on deck- the Wings will be without one of those huge hands Monday.

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