Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings - NHL Betting Playoffs

NHL betting playoffs on Thursday includes the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series.

While Detroit is a heavy favorite to win this NHL betting playoffs series among gamblers who bet on NHL Playoffs action, they do have some question marks.

NHL betting playoffs stats tell us that Detroit was only 3-2-1 against Columbus during the regular season. No team has repeated in NHL betting playoffs action, winning the Stanley Cup since 1997-98 although that team was Detroit. The Red Wings definitely have the talent and experience to win this NHL betting playoffs series with Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Rafalski, Holmstrom and Osgood but there are some red flags. The main one is in goal where Chris Osgood has not played well this season. Ty Conklin has been somewhat better but neither look strong heading into this NHL betting playoffs series.

The one area that Columbus has an edge on Detroit is in goal. Steve Mason has been fantastic for the Blue Jackets and he can steal this NHL betting playoffs series. Gamblers who bet on NHL Playoffs games know that head coach Ken Hitchcock led the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999 so he knows how to win.

NHL betting playoffs numbers in terms of special teams give Detroit the edge. Detroit was first in the league on the power play, with a 25.5% success rate while Columbus ranked 30th at 12.7%. NHL betting playoffs statistics show Detroit was 25th in the league in penalty killing, with a 78.3% success rate while Columbus ranked 13th at 82.1%.

Detroit's Marian Hossa and Columbus' Rick Nash tied for fifth in the league with 40 goals. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk ranked fifth in the league with 65 assists and he was fourth in the league with 97 points as NHL betting playoffs stats show. Gamblers who bet on NHL Playoffs action see that Datysuk was third in the league at plus-34 while teammate Nicklas Lidstrom was seventh at plus-31.

Detroit's Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen tied for seventh in the league with eight game-winning goals. Pavel Datsyuk led the Red Wings with eight points in five games against Columbus this year. Gamblers who bet on NHL Playoffs action may know that Rick Nash led the Blue Jackets with six points in six games against the Red Wings this year.

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