Minnesota vs Detroit NHL Odds Report

Posted by Aaron . on March 31, 2016 in

On Friday, the Minnesota Wild square off with the Detroit Red Wings in NHL betting action. The Wild (38-28-11, 87 points) are in fifth place in the Central Division but just walloped the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Tuesday, 4-1. They host the dreadful Ottawa Senators on Thursday night before heading to Detroit on Friday. The Red Wings (38-28-11, 87 points) are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division but just took a 4-3 loss against Montreal on Tuesday night.

Minnesota Wild vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Odds Report

When: Friday, April 1, 2016, 7:30pm ET
Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
Radio: WXYT 97.1 FM The Ticket Detroit
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com

Why should you bet on the Red Wings?

Detroit has made the playoffs for 24 consecutive seasons. However, they are clinging to that fourth place slot in the Atlantic, which could give them a wild card entry or not, depending on how the fifth place team in the Metropolitan Division ends up turning out. So you would think they would be motivated, but Montreal was able to play the spoiler. I’d like to think that the Red Wings would take charge at home, but they just don’t have the performance on offense (#22 in the NHL, 2.5 goals per game) or on defense (#18, 2.7 goals permitted) to make them a solid bet right now. They are playing a Wild team that is even with them in points. Unless the Red Wings are a one-goal underdog, though, I’d shy away from betting on them.

Why should you put your money on Minnesota?

The Wild have been playing a little better hockey lately than the Red Wings. They are ghastly on the penalty kill still (#26, 78.8%) but overall they have one of the best defenses in the NHL (#6, 2.4 goals per game). They are decent enough on the power play (#11, 19.5%) to get out to an early lead on the Wings if they can pick up a penalty, and if they could drop four goals on the Blackhawks, they should be able to do much the same in Detroit.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Wild to impose their will on the reeling Red Wings. I’m picking a 4-2 Minnesota win.