Eric Staal, Ryan Suter, and the Minnesota Wild will face off against Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, and the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena for an East-West matchup. The match gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27 and it is being shown live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings Odds
Playing the role of underdogs will be the Wild (-200), whereas the Red Wings are favored showing moneyline odds of +170 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Minnesota is 30-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 62 regular season outings, 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just five have pushed. This 2019-20 Wild team is 12-17 SU on the road.
Minnesota has converted on 20.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off only 76.1 percent of its penalties..
Averaging 25.2 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Alex Stalock (17-15-4) has been the top option in goal for Minnesota this season. If Minnesota chooses to rest him, however, head coach Dean Evason could turn to Devan Dubnyk (11-18-2), who has a .892 save percentage and 3.34 goals against average this year.
On the other bench, Detroit is 15-50 straight up (SU) and has lost 24.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 32 of its outings have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just eight have pushed. It’s 10-22 SU at home this season.
The Red Wings have converted on just 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Jonathan Bernier has denied 26.6 shots per game as the top option in goal for the Red Wings. Bernier has 13 wins, 27 losses, and two OT losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 2.93 goals against average and a subpar .907 save percentage this season.
Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Under
Two of the Wild’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this season.
Three of Minnesota’s last five outings have gone over the total.
Eight of Detroit’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 1-7 overall in those games.
The Wings this season have handed out the 10th-most hits per game in the NHL (22.2).