Last Updated: 2019-02-20
Little Caesars Arena will be the site for an intriguing matchup as the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. It’s the final time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The first puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 20, and you’ll be able to witness this Original Six matchup live on NBC Sports Network.
Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings Odds
Both squads show an identical -110 money line, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-135 for the over, +115 for the under).
Chicago is 25-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 39 of its outings have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Hawks are 11-18 SU on the road in 2018-19.
Chicago has converted on 21.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 32nd out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off only 73.3 percent of all penalties.
Chicago, as a collective unit, has been sent to the penalty box just 3.4 times per game this season, and 4.0 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 29.9 saves per game with a .895 save percentage, Cam Ward (13-14-4) has been the top option in goal for Chicago this season. If Chicago chooses to rest him, however, the team might roll with Corey Crawford (6-17-2 record, .902 save percentage, 3.28 goals against average).
The visiting Blackhawks have relied heavily on Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat this year. Kane (90 points) has tallied 36 goals and 54 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 24 different games. DeBrincat has 32 goals and 28 assists to his credit, and has notched a point in 40 games.
Detroit is 23-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.5 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 30 of its contests have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 12-18 SU at home.
Detroit has converted on just 16.1 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
The Red Wings have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard has denied 27.9 shots per game as the top choice in the crease for Detroit. Howard has 17 wins, 24 losses, and six OT losses and has maintained a pedestrian 2.80 goals against average and a .913 save percentage this year.
The home team will be led on offense by Dylan Larkin (24 goals, 31 assists).
Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings Betting Picks
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Under
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Each of Chicago’s last five games has gone over the total.
Chicago’s attempted 31.9 shots per contest overall this season (ranked 14th in the NHL), and 35.2 in its last 10 outings.
Penalties and power plays could be extremely important tonight. The Blackhawks are 8-14 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 18-26 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Red Wings are 5-17 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 13-24 in games where they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Detroit (2-5 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. Chicago has only participated in two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
Detroit is ranked 31st in the NHL with 5.7 takeaways per game. That figure’s trended lower lately, however, as the team has forced 4.3 takeaways over its last 10 games and 4.8 takeaways over its last five.
Chicago skaters have averaged 6.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 7.3 takeaways per game (ranked 19th overall).