Detroit Red Wings (23-24-9) at Nashville Predators (34-13-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 17, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -215 / Detroit Red Wings +193 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Detroit Red Wings need a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 19 goals, Dylan Larkin has 34 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 109 goals on 1,215 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 53 goals on 564 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Nashville Predators look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Kevin Fiala leads Nashville with 18 goals, P.K. Subban has 29 assists and Filip Forsberg has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 98 goals on 1,315 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 37 goals on 486 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Red Wings are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Central and 0-8 in their last 8 Saturday games. The Predators are 10-1 in their last 11 Saturday games, 37-15 in their last 52 home games and 11-5 in their last 16 overall. The Red Wings are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville, 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Detroit Red Wings can't seem to get out of their own way, as they just find creative ways to lose, and the Nashville Predators are a tough out at home. However, we're getting nearly two times our money with a decent Red Wings squad that's won six straight against the Predators. While these two teams have yet to play this season, the Red Wings haven't lost to the Predators since December of 2013. Based on the history alone, there's value in taking a shot with these big odds.