BIG AL's RED-HOT NHL TOTALS WINNER (49-23 L72)!: Al McMordie is on a SCORCHING HOT 49-23 HOCKEY RUN, and is featuring two plays tonight. Here, pick up Big Al's #1 Totals play on the ice. Al's on a 17-6 Run on his Hockey Totals, and this one is backed by an 88% Winning Situation. Get on board right now.
Game: Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers Mar 21 2012 7:35PM
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: At 7:35 pm, our selection is on the Detroit Red Wings and the New York 'over' the total. If you were told at the beginning of the season that one of these two teams (but not the other) would have clinched a berth in the post-season by this time, you would probably say it was the Red WIngs. But in fact, it's New York and not Detroit that has stamped its ticket to the 2012 playoffs - only their second trip in the last four years - while the Wings are still trying to clinch a spot. Perhaps this fact is not so surprising when you consider two factors: 1) how tough the Central Division and in fact the entire Western Conference is this season, and 2) how much the Wings have struggled coming down the stretch. At least part of Detroit's problems lately can be attributed to one of their star players - perhaps their biggest star - Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom having not played in about three weeks due to a deep ankle bruise. In general, this team is pretty banged up right now and obviously that might not matter if they get most of their guys back before the start of the playoffs, but time is running out. It's also not that surprising that in their current five-game losing streak, the team has allowed 20 goals when you consider that coupled with Lidstrom's loss is the fact that #1 goaltender Jimmy Howard continues to struggle through a nagging groin injury. That groin will keep Howard out of action tonight in the Big Apple which means a lot of pressure on either Ty Conklin (if he clears re-entry waivers by Noon) or Jordan Pearce, so don't be surprised if Detroit needs at least four goals to win this one. The over is 7-1-3 in the Rangers' last 11 games. Take the 'over.' As always, good luck...Al McMordie.