NHL action on Thursday night features two Eastern Conference foes trying to upright their ships as the playoffs near. The Pittsburgh Penguins have dropped from the top spot in the East while the Detroit Red Wings are trying to move into a playoff spot. Detroit currently sits in 10th place in the East, but is just one-point out of the eighth and final playoff spot. They need wins badly while the Penguins want to regain the top spot in the East. We will go with Pittsburgh tonight on the road.

Penguins working to regain top spot in East

Pittsburgh has played to a 5-4-1 record in their last 10 games, dropping them from the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They find themselves five points behind the Boston Bruins, but still well ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning. If nothing changes, the Penguins will be the second-seed in the playoffs this season. A win over Detroit would further damage the Red Wings playoff chances and move them closer to Boston.

Red Wings running out of time to make playoffs

Detroit does not have much time left to make a run at a playoff spot. They are just one point out of the final spot, but have to jump two other teams in order to get there. The Red Wings enter this game coming off a win, but they have just a 5-4-1 mark in their last 10 games played. This is the second of three meetings between the two clubs, with Detroit dropping the first one already. 

We head over to TopBet.eu to find the betting odds for tonight’s Pittsburgh-Detroit Eastern Conference battle. We think that Pittsburgh is going to explode offensively tonight in Detroit, which is why we will drop 15 percent of our bankroll on the Penguins with the OVER 5.5 total goals scored as they move closer to the top spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Detroit Red Wings