Last Updated: 2019-02-12
A pair of teams currently on losing streaks, the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators face off at Bridgestone Arena. This East-West matchup will get started at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 12 and it can be watched live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators Odds
Playing the role of heavy favorite will be Nashville (-225), while Detroit is a dog showing moneyline odds of +185, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.
The Predators are 33-25 straight up (SU) and have lost 5.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Out of its 58 regular season contests, 29 of them have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team’s 18-11 SU at home this year.
Nashville’s converted on just 13.5 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 31st overall in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.
As a team, Nashville has been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, 3.4 per game over its last five contests total, and 3.2 per game over its last five at home. The team has had to defend opponent power plays for just 8.0 minutes per game over its last five matchups, in total.
With a .914 save percentage and 24.9 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (20-19-4) has been the primary option in goal for the Predators this season. If head coach Peter Laviolette chooses to rest him, however, the Preds may roll with Juuse Saros (14-10-10 record, .913 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).
Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi will each spearhead the attack for the Predators. Johansen (50 points) has tallied 11 goals and 39 assists and has recorded multiple points 13 times this year. Josi has 11 goals and 34 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 32 contests.
Detroit has lost 4.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 21-35 straight up (SU). 27 of its games have gone over the total, while an additional 27 have gone under the total and just two have pushed. Detroit’s 10-18 SU as the away team this season.
Detroit has converted on just 16.3 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.5 percent of all penalties.
Detroit’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 5.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard (28.2 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Detroit. Howard has 15 wins, 22 losses, and five overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .913 save percentage and 2.78 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive firepower for the visiting Red Wings will be Dylan Larkin (23 goals, 29 assists) and Gustav Nyquist (14 goals, 33 assists).
Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators Betting Predictions
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Under
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For both of these clubs, the under has hit in three of their last five games.
Detroit has managed 31.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Nashville is averaging 38.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
Power plays and penalty kills may prove to be key in tonight’s matchup. The Red Wings are 4-16 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 13-22 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Predators are 14-10 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 23-17 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. Nashville has participated in only a couple of shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
Nashville skaters have averaged 6.4 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 7.9 takeaways per game (ranked 14th in the NHL).
Detroit has averaged 2.0 goals per game, while giving up 4.0, over its last three games (0-3 SU over that span).
Detroit is ranked 28th in the league with 5.8 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as it’s averaged 4.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 4.2 takeaways over its last five.