Detroit Red Wings (26-28-10) vs. Minnesota Wild (36-22-7)

Free NHL Game: Sunday March 4th, 7:00 PM @Xcel Energy Center

Spread: TBD

Over/Under: TBD


The Detroit Red Wings are 26-28-10 this season, and are currently ranked 5th in the Atlantic Division. Dylan Larkin has been the guy for this Red Wings team. Larkin leads the team in points with 47, and leads the team in assists with 38. Anthony Mantha has been the leading scorer with 21 goals on the season so far. Henrik Zetterberg is the only other guy on this team that has over 40 points this season. Detroit is ranked in the 20’s in goals per game (27th), power play percentage (22nd), and penalty kill (23rd). Their best team stat is goals against, which their rank 17th in the NHL. Detroit is actually playing very good hockey right now and have won 4 out of their last 5 games.

The Minnesota Wild are 36-22-7 this season, and are 3rd in the Central Division. Minnesota has just one guy with over 60 points on the season, and that is Eric Staal. Staal has 64 points this season, and lead the team in goals with 33 this season. Ryan Suter is the Wild’s leading assist man this season with 37. Mikael Granlund has played well this season and has 54 total points. Compared to Detroit, Minnesota ranks in the top 15 in every single team stat. They are 11th in goals per game, 14th in goals against, 9th in power play success rate, and 15th in the penalty kill.


The Minnesota Wild will win this game. They are the better hockey team. Minnesota is ranked third in current NHL power rankings. Detroit is ranked 17th in the same power rankings. Look for Minnesota to do well on it’s power plays. The only chance that Detroit has, is if they can keep Minnesota from scoring on their power plays. But I don’t see that happening. Take the Minnesota Wild to win this game.

  Pick: Minnesota Wild