Detroit Red Wings (16-23-7, 39 points) @ Minnesota Wild (22-18-3, 47 Points)
January 12, 2019, 8:00 PM EST (XCEL Energy Center)
Moneyline: Detroit Red Wings +200/Minnesota Wild -255
Puckline: Minnesota Wild -1.5
ESPN NHL Scores: Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are finally back at the bottom of the league, with a 1-7-2 record in their last ten games and sole owners of the 29th spot in the standings. As the season gets further away, after losing three straight to the Canadiens, Capitals, and Jets, back-to-back nights on the road won’t do them any favors.
The Minnesota Wild are sitting at eh bottom of the Wild Card playoff standings, but they are still in there. Their last ten games have split down the middle, 5-4-1, but more recently they’ve won 4 of 5.
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are ready to start winning again, despite the fans’ pleas to lose for Hughes (Jack Hughes, the projected number 1 pick), considering the return of Mike Green to the lineup. The Red Wings winning record when Green is on the ice, 13-9-2, is downright confusing, but it is a fact.
When the Red Wings have balance on the back end, it’s his ability to carry the puck out of the zone that makes the difference. The Red Wings enjoy an extra nine shots per game, when Green is playing, which will help boost the 28th ranked CorsiFor% in the league.
Despite their losing ways, the Red Wings still see glimmers of hope for the future. The supposed future Captain of the Red Wings, Dylan Larkin, has taken a massive leap forward this year as he has already eclipsed his goal total from the previous two seasons (16 and 17 goals). His 18 goals and 41 points lead the team, but his 4 OT goals demonstrate a strong work ethic and commitment to leadership.
The Minnesota Wild are looking good in the standings. Not only are they sitting pretty at number 8, but they have games in hand against their closest competitors, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, and Edmonton Oilers.
The Wild find success with strong special teams. They own the 11th ranked power play at 21.77%, but could easily be in the top 10 with one extra PP goal here or there. The Penalty Kill is ranked 5th, at 84.25%, and has been the proper snuff to an opponent’s offense the Wild need.
The strong penalty kill does work as a good countermeasure to their 49.4 CorsiFor% and 9.1% shot percentage. The Wild are a candidate for 2nd half season success with their low shot percentage and PDO score of 99.7%. While they have room to fall, there is way more room to grow.
Mikael Grandlund, Eric Staal, and Jared Spurgeon all have lower team on-ice shot percentages, with Eric Staal bottoming out at 8.6%. If those numbers were to see a jump to the league average or bounce up to a momentary 10 or 11%, the Wild should be able to hold on to (at the very least) a Wild Card spot.
Cover the Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit is 1-9 SU in its last ten games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit’s last nine games
Detroit is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Detroit is 1-7 SU in its last eight games on the road
Minnesota is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last five games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Minnesota’s last 13 games
Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in its last five games at home
Free NHL Predictions: Detroit Red Wings @ Minnesota Wild
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The Minnesota Wild are looking to win 5 of 6, and they are lucky enough to have a weak Red Wings team come to town that just played last night. On top of the Wings plaaying last night, it was against the much stronger Winnipeg Jets. The big bruisers left their mark on the Wings and had probably left the Wings feeling tender.