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Detroit Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild - 2/22/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Wild -112 / Detroit Red Wings -109 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSDT, FSN+
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The Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings meet Friday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Minnesota Wild could use a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 23 goals, Mikael Granlund has 34 assists and Eric Staal has 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 126 goals on 1,372 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 40 goals on 362 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Detroit Red Wings could also use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 26 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 33 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 113 goals on 1,262 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 73 goals on 713 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Red Wings are 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-12 in their last 17 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Wild last 5 Friday games. The under is 6-2 in Red Wings last 8 home games. The Wild are 7-20-1 in the last 28 meetings in Detroit and 16-37-3 in the last 56 meetings.

It's been a while since the Minnesota Wild have been able to string back-to-back wins together, and they're still a team struggling to find consistent offense, despite what they did last night to the New York Rangers. With that said, the Detroit Red Wings aren't playing much better and continue to get lit up defensively on a nightly basis. Instead of pitching a side here, I'm going to favor the over, as both of these teams are loose defensively and the last meeting between the Red Wings and Wild produced a combined seven goals. This total seems a tad bit too low.

Pick:
Over 5.5

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