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Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings - 1/12/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +195 / Minnesota Wild -240 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSDT, FSN+
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The Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a feel good victory after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 18 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 27 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 80 goals on 957 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 60 goals on 556 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in each of their last nine games.

The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Mikael Granlund has 27 assists and Ryan Suter has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 85 goals on 1,005 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 26 goals on 254 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Red Wings are 16-35 in their last 51 road games, 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 20-45 in their last 65 overall. The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Red Wings are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 36-16-3 in the last 55 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Red Wings last 8 overall. The under is 10-3 in Wild last 13 overall.

The Detroit Red Wings have won five of the last eight meetings against the Minnesota Wild, so you can make a case for the big plus money in this contest. However, these teams have yet to play each other this season and the Red Wings are one of the more unbackable teams in the league with losses in 10 of their last 12 tries. The Red Wings are one of the worst defensive teams in the league and don't have the offensive firepower to counter giving up four goals on a good night. I'm not the guy who enjoys laying these massive prices, but the Minnesota Wild should have little trouble getting a rare win over the Red Wings this time around.

Pick:
Minnesota Wild -240

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