The Detroit Red Wings (16-14-4) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (15-13-4) on Wednesday, December 27th. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Wild are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Red Wings are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Devils. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Detroit Red Wings vs Minnesota Wild
The Detroit Red Wings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Currently, the Red Wings hold an overall record of 16-14-4 for the season. On the road, Detroit has a 7-8-1 record, while they are 9-6-3 at their home venue. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 5th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 11th. Detroit comes in with 11 wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost seven games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 20-14.
Coming off a 3-2 loss on the road to the Devils, the Red Wings are hoping to bounce back today. In the offensive department, the Red Wings notched one goal during the first period and one time in the second period. In the game, Detroit managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 24 shots on goal and committed 3 turnovers.
As underdogs, Detroit suffered a loss but still covered the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 7, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Minnesota Wild Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Wild currently hold an overall record of 15-13-4. When playing on the road, Minnesota has a 6-9-2 record, while they are 9-4-2 at home. At the moment, they hold the 7th spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 10th in the Western conference. Minnesota’s average scoring margin for the season is -0.1, resulting in an overall puck line record of 18-14. When playing at home their scoring margin is +.1, whereas in away games, they are at -0.2.
In their most recent game, the Wild faced the Bruins and came out victorious with a score of 3-2. The first period saw the Wild being held without a goal, but they turned things around offensively by scoring one time in the second period and one goal in the third. Of Minnesota’s three goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 35 shots on goal and had nine giveaways.
Minnesota was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
Detroit Offense Breakdown
The Red Wings come into the game scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, putting them 3rd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 13th in the league. The Detroit offense is ranked 5th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 14th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Red Wings’ stands at 20-14-0. They have had 20 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.9 goals per game.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
The Wild come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 24th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 26th in the league. The Wild went 9-5 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-8.
For the season, the over/under record of the Wild’s stands at 16-14-2. They have had 17 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Detroit Team Defense
Defensively, the Red Wings are currently 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 12th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Minnesota Team Defense
Defensively, the Wild are currently 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 16th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Red Wings vs Wild Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Detroit has an puck line record of 3-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- Across their last five home contests, Minnesota has a 4-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 2-3, while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last three games as the underdog, the Wild have an puck line record of 3-0 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
- Going back to their previous three games as the favorite, Detroit has an puck line mark of 0-3 while going 1-2 straight up.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Wild to take down the Red Wings at home. With the moneyline currently at -144, I’m placing my bet on the Wild straight-up.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Red Wings to cover. Even in the event of a Wild victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Red Wings should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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