Detroit Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild
NHL: Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST
The Red Wings have recently lost two in a row and eight of their last nine games. They are in the basement of the Atlantic Division and they are tied with the Ottawa Senators for the 2nd fewest points in the Eastern Conference. Detroit’s last five games have been won by a single goal and they have gotten few breaks lately. The Red Wings have struggled on both sides of the ice this season and only rank 24th in the league in goals per game and 25th in goals against.
The Wild have won four of their last five games after a rough patch for a few weeks. They are in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference and this is their first game of the season facing the Red Wings. While Minnesota is not a high scoring team they have a solid defense that ranks tied for 6th in the league in goals against.
The Wild have won five of their last seven home games facing the Red Wings.
Howard has been consistent at least
The Red Wings have not played well on either side of the ice this season and Jimmy Howard has not been great in between the pipes. He has been consistent at least as of late with a recent stretch where he gave up three goals in four of five games. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit in both goals and points and he has three points in a recent five game stretch. He and Andreas Athanasiou have combined for 35 goals while no other player on the team has more than 10 goals. The Red Wings have not been good on the road on the season and they have lost eight of their last 11 games facing teams from the Central Division.
Zucker’s solid game helps, big time, in win
The Wild were at home in their last game beating the Winnipeg Jets where Jason Zucker was the big gun with two goals.
#mnwild held an optional practice on Friday ahead of tomorrow's game against Detroit.
Hear from Bruce Boudreau on the win against Winnipeg, Charlie Coyle's play & more 👇 pic.twitter.com/uzIhISRmBE
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 11, 2019
They only had 22 shots in the game while allowing 28 and they scored one goal on their two power play chances and killed all for of Winnipeg’s chances with the extra man. Jordan Greenway scored the other goal for Minnesota and Jared Spurgeon had two assists. Devan Dubnyk (17-14-3 2.54 GAA) got the win stopping 26 of 28 shots and after giving up three goals in three straight games he has only given up two goals in his last two games. Zach Parise leads the Wild in both goals and points and he has two goals and four assists in his last five games. Mikael Granlund leads the team in assists and he only has three points in his last seven games. This season Minnesota is 11-7-3 at home.
The Minnesota Wild are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 overall
- 30-12 in their last 42 vs. Atlantic
- 22-10 in their last 32 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
The Detroit Red Wings are:
- 16-35 in their last 51 road games
- 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games
- 26-59 in their last 85 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 13-38 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
While the Wild have lost four of their last five games they have played well overall in their last few games. On top of that they face a Red Wings team that is reeling. Minnesota will play to their strength in playing good defense and in a low scoring game the Wild will win and send Detroit to yet another loss.
Prediction: PICK: Wild
Full-Game Total Pick
In the last 10 games between these teams in Minnesota the Under record is 6-1-3. Look for that trend to continue in this non-conference game. The Wild will win this game with their defense and they are not a high scoring team and that will be the case in this game. The Under is the pick to make in this game.
Prediction: PICK: Under