Detroit Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (30-25-7) at Detroit Red Wings (15-46-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings +175 / Minnesota Wild -195 --- Over/Under: 5.5

TV: FSDT, FSN

The Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Minnesota Wild need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Ryan Suter has 35 assists and Eric Staal has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 823 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 83 goals on 888 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 17 of their last 20 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 18 goals, Dylan Larkin has 29 assists and Anthony Mantha has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 91 goals on 800 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 109 goals on 1,172 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 17 games.

The Wild are 7-2 in their last 9 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Red Wings are 2-7 in their last 9 home games, 12-48 in their last 60 games as an underdog and 12-49 in their last 61 overall. The over is 8-3 in Wild last 11 road games. The under is 6-1-1 in Red Wings last 8 home games. The Wild are 8-20-1 in the last 29 meetings in Detroit and 18-37-3 in the last 58 meetings. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild have played some of their best recent hockey on the road, and they're easy to trust in these type of spots when you consider how consistent that defense has been the last few weeks. The Detroit Red Wings have won just six games since December 15 and are comfortably the least profitable team in the sport. The Red Wings have lost more money than any team this season and it's not even close. Just keep blindly fading the Red Wings and you're sitting on a pile of cash. Of course, I take the PL for added value. 

Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.