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Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators - 2/20/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nashville Predators (35-14-9) at Detroit Red Wings (24-25-9)
Date & Time Tuesday February 20, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FSSM, FSDT
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NHL | Nashville Predators (35-14-9) at Detroit Red Wings (24-25-9)
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The Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Nashville Predators look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Kevin Fiala leads Nashville with 18 goals, P.K. Subban has 30 assists and Filip Forsberg has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 98 goals on 1,315 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 39 goals on 519 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 20 goals, Dylan Larkin has 34 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 109 goals on 1,215 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 57 goals on 630 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 11-5 in their last 16 Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Red Wings are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-17 in their last 23 Tuesday games and 2-7 in their last 9 home games. The Predators are 15-38-2 in the last 55 meetings in Detroit, 0-7 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.

The Nashville Predators are obviously the better team, but they are on the end of a back to back and have had some recent issues defensively. The Detroit Red Wings have shown signs of starting to string things together, and they haven't lost to the Predators since December of 2013, which includes a 3-1 win over Nashville just a couple of days ago. I'll take the rested Detroit Red Wings on their home ice here.

Pick:
Detroit Red Wings

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