The Nashville Predators will host the Detroit Red Wings in an inter-conference clash Tuesday night from the Bridgestone Arena. The Red Wings dropped a 5-2 road decision to the Blackhawks in their previous action, and the Predators fell 5-4 to the Blues in their latest contest. Detroit tallied a 4-3 overtime home win against Nashville in the lone meeting this season.
Red Wings Look to Conclude Road Trip with Win
The Detroit Red Wings will wrap up a three-game road trip in this one. They have dropped each of the first two games of the road trip which included a 5-2 defeat to the Blackhawks in their previous contest to fall to 10-15-3 on the road this season. Gustav Nyquist found the back of the net for his 14th goal of the season in Sunday’s loss. The seven-year veteran center has posted three goals this month, and he has 47 points in 56 games on the season.
Red Wings’ scoring leader Dylan Larkin had a four-game point streak snapped in Sunday’s loss in Chicago. The speedy 22-year old center is having an outstanding season, registering 23 goals along with 29 assists. Larkin lit the lamp in the Red Wings win against Nashville last month. Detroit holds a 5-5 record in their last ten games.
"We made some mental mistakes and it cost us this game."
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 11, 2019
The Red Wings will likely have Jimmy Howard guard the cage in this contest. The 12-year veteran is having a decent season, carrying a 15-15-5 record with a 2.78 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Detroit is only averaging 2.8 goals per game, placing them down at 26th in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 3.2 goals, pegging them 22nd overall.
Predators Topped by Blues in Second Straight Loss
The Nashville Predators will attempt to get back on track after two straight losses which included a 5-4 overtime home loss to the Blues in their previous tilt. Nashville now stands at 5-5 in their last 10 games. Predators’ point leader Ryan Johansen continued his hot play with two assists in the loss to St. Louis on Sunday. The 26-year old center is locked in, collecting six points over his last four games, and he is up to 11 goals and 39 assists on the season. Johansen scored in the Predators loss to Detroit last month.
Viktor Arvidsson is also playing well, notching six points in his last six games. The fifth-year right-winger is quietly having a terrific season, netting 32 points in 34 games. Nashville owns an 18-10-1 record on home ice.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) February 10, 2019
The Predators are expected to send Pekka Rinne to the crease in this one. The veteran goaltender is having another solid season, sporting a 2.49 GAA and a .914 save percentage accompanied with a 19-14-3 record. Nashville is scoring an average of 3.1 goals, ranking them 13th in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 2.5 goals, good for second in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators are:
- 11-4 in their last 15 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
- 7-3 in their last 10 games when playing on one day of rest.
- 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
The Detroit Red Wings are:
- 2-8 in their last 10 games when playing on one day of rest.
- 4-10 in their last 14 games against the Central division.
- 4-18 in their last 22 games when playing their third game in their last four days.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking Nashville in this one. This is a game that Predators should take easily. Detroit ranks near the bottom of the NHL standings, and they have dropped three straight games. Their defensive play has been shaky as they have surrendered 12 goals in their three-game losing streak.
Furthermore, the Predators are a strong defensive team, and the Red Wings lack offensive firepower. They have only averaged 2.8 goals in their last ten games, plus they have only won 10 out of their 28 road games on the season.
Prediction: Nashville Predators
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect a low-scoring contest. The Predators have allowed two or fewer goals in five out of their last eight games overall, and the under is 5-1-1 in their last seven home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400.
In addition, the Red Wings have been involved in many low scoring games on the road. The under has converted in four out of their last five road games, and the under is also 5-0 in their last five games when playing on one day of rest.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Red Wings team total is a strong play. Detroit will likely have difficulty finding the back of the net in this one. They have only scored a combined 10 goals in their last five road games overall, and only three goals in their last two games.
Prediction: Red Wings Team Total: Under
Half-Time Total Bet
I am going with the under on the first period total. The Red Wings lowest scoring period is in the first. They have only scored 40 goals in the first period this season, while only allowing 40 goals. Also, the Predators lowest scoring period is by far the opening frame where they have scored 41 goals.
Prediction: First Period Total: Under