A pair of clubs that have disappointed this year, the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings clash at Little Caesars Arena for a divisional showdown. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, and fans at home will be able to witness it live on Sportsnet.
Ottawa Senators vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds
Detroit (-140) is currently favored over Ottawa (+120), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Detroit is 15-23 straight up (SU) and has recorded -7.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 33-49 record the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 38 regular season matches, 20 have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and none have pushed. This year, the team is 8-12 SU at home.
The Red Wings have converted on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Red Wings have been called for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five contests. The team has had to defend opponent power plays for just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.
Sporting a .913 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Jimmy Howard (12-20-6) has been the top goalkeeper for Detroit this year. If the Wings decide to give him the evening off, however, the team could go with Petr Mrazek (3-8-8 record, .892 save percentage, 3.64 goals against average).
The Wings will continue seeking offensive production from Dylan Larkin and Henrik Zetterberg. Larkin (32 points) has put up six goals and 26 assists and has recorded multiple points six times this year. Zetterberg has six goals and 21 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 19 games.
Ottawa is 12-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 19 of its matches have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and none have pushed. The Senators are 5-13 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Senators have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Ottawa’s players have been called for penalties 3.6 times per game this season, and 5.2 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s had to kill penalties an unhealthy 14.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Craig Anderson (.896 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 25.2 saves per game and has 10 wins, 17 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Senators will be Mark Stone, who has 15 goals and 19 assists this season.
Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Under
73.3 percent of Detroit’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 11-12 overall in such games) while only 41.7 percent of Ottawa’s wins have come by two goals or more (5-12 overall in such games).
The Red Wings are 4-9 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 9-17 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Detroit is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Ottawa is 1-5 in shootouts.
The under has hit in four of Detroit’s last five games.
Detroit skaters have averaged 12.6 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 11.0 giveaways per game (ranked 24th overall).
Ottawa has averaged 9.2 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.0 giveaways per game (ranked 20th in the league).
Ottawa skaters have dished out the ninth-most hits in the league (23.1 per game), but that number’s down to just 18.2 hits over their last five away games.