It’s an interconference battle on the ice in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Detroit Red Wings are on the road again as they make a stop to face the Minnesota Wild Saturday night. Detroit comes in off a 4-2 road defeat in Winnipeg Friday night. Minnesota beat Winnipeg 3-2 at home on Thursday night in their last game. The teams have split the last six meetings with the home team prevailing in each contest. Minnesota picked up a 4-1 win at home in the last matchup on March 4, 2018.
Detroit Red Wings Hoping to Climb in Atlantic Division Standings
Detroit slumped to 1-7-2 in their last 10 games as they were unable to get a win over Winnipeg on the road Friday night. The Red Wings now play the second game of a back to back hoping to find a win. Detroit entered Saturday 15 points behind Boston for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division and 13 points behind Buffalo for the second wild card. Detroit is 24th in the league in scoring as they average 2.74 goals per game so far this season. The Red Wings are 25th in the league as they allow 3.33 goals per contest. Detroit is 20th in the league on the power play by converting 17.4 percent of their chances with the man advantage while they rank 19th in penalty killing by successfully killing off 78.9 percent of their shorthanded situations.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 12, 2019
The Red Wings were listless early and it cost them the game against the Jets. In the first period, Detroit was outshot 10-9 and found themselves in a 2-0 hole after 20 minutes of play. The second period saw the Red Wings own a 15-9 edge in shots on goal with both teams tallying once to leave Detroit down 3-1 after 40 minutes. After falling behind 3-0, Luke Glendening got the Red Wings on the board with his sixth of the year at the 10:03 mark. The shorthanded goal was assisted by Filip Hronek and Darren Helm. In the third period, the Red Wings had an 11-8 edge in shots but both teams again scored, leaving Detroit on the short end of the scoreboard. Dennis Cholowski scored his seventh of the year at 6:50 of the third on a power play to make it a 3-2 game. Niklas Kronwall and Frans Nielsen drew the helpers on that goal. The Red Wings couldn’t get the equalizer and the Jets hit the empty net to close the scoring. Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves for the Red Wings, who outshot Winnipeg 35-27 in the game. Jimmy Howard is expected between the pipes for this one.
Minnesota Wild Looking to Build Momentum
Minnesota picked up their fourth win in the last five games as they defeated Winnipeg on Thursday night at home. The Wild look to carry that momentum into this one as they continue to try and pick up points. Minnesota entered Saturday three points back of Dallas for the final guaranteed spot in the Central Division and 11 back of Winnipeg and Nashville for the division lead. The Wild is one point up on Anaheim for the second wild card spot. The Wild is 20th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 2.84 goals per game. Minnesota is tied for 6th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 2.77 goals per contest. The Wild is 11th in the league on the power play as they cash in on 21.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage. Minnesota is 5th in the league in penalty killing as they kill off 84.3 percent of their shorthanded situations.
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— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 11, 2019
The Wild looks to open up a little breathing room in the playoff race here. Minnesota got a tough two points by downing Winnipeg at home Thursday night. The Wild outshot the Jets 10-6 in the opening period and went to the dressing room with a 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes. Jordan Greenway gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead with his eighth of the year at 5:40 of the frame off assists from Eric Staal and Jared Spurgeon. In the second period, the Wild held a 12-9 edge in shots and outscored the Jets 2-1 to take a 3-1 edge after 40 minutes. Jason Zucker doubled Minnesota’s edge with his 11th of the season at 11:04 of the period. The power play goal was assisted by Mikko Koivu and Jonas Brodin. Later in the period, at 17:50, Zucker’s second of the game and 12th of the season made it a 3-0 game. Zach Parise and Spurgeon drew the helpers on that goal. Winnipeg got on the board in the final minute of the period. In the final 20 minutes, the Wild went into a defensive shell as they were outshot 13-0. Minnesota gave up a goal to make it 3-2 with 2:38 to play but Devan Dubnyk preserved the win. He made 26 saves for the Wild, who were outshot 28-22 in the game. Dubnyk is expected to get the start again here.
- Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 overall
- Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
- Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest
- Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Minnesota has some momentum going for themselves at this point and they are at home in the contest. Detroit is playing their second game in as many nights, which tends to take a toll on a team. The Red Wings simply aren’t getting much production in any facet from their current roster and it makes one wonder if Ken Holland will be making any deals before the trade deadline. As it stands, Minnesota is playing well again of late. Their talent edge should be enough to get them the two points when all is said and done.
Prediction: Minnesota Wild -250
Full-Game Total Pick
Detroit is in a tailspin, as one might have figured out from their 1-3-1 mark on a five game homestand immediately preceding Friday’s road defeat. All told, the Red Wings are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games and have a pretty deep hole to dig out of if they hope to be even a remote contender for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Minnesota is battling in a crowded Central Division and Western Conference race so picking up points is important. Can the Wild get a much needed pair of points here?
The under is 6-0 in the Wild’s last 6 home games, 9-1 in their last 10 games playing on 1 day of rest, 6-1 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. The teams have seen the under go 6-1-3 in their last 10 meetings in Minnesota. With Detroit a bit fatigued and both teams offensively challenged, this one ends up falling short of the number.
Prediction: Under 5.5