- Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings Predictions
Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Money Line Prediction
The Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings will play the second game of a back-to-back (spanning three days) in Detroit on Thursday night with the Predators winning the first game with a 2-0 shutout by Pekka Rinne on Tuesday. The Red Wings only managed 24 shots in the game and have now lost four of their last five. Thomas Greiss will get the start with is 1-10-3 record and 3.16 goals-against average, which proves the Wings problems start between the pipes. Let’s not forget they also have the worst power play in the league at 6.4 percent and actually have not scored a power-play goal in their last eight games. On the back end for Detroit, things continue to look scary as Danny DeKeyser has been a healthy scratch and was recently put on waivers. From there, Filip Hronek is minus-7, Marc Staal is minus-8, and Jonathon Merrill is minus-2. The Wings are struggling from top to bottom.
The Predators have now won two in a row and have beat the Red Wings two of three games this season. They are in the top 10 in shots per game at 31.6 and star forward Filip Forsberg is showing his worth with three goals in his last four games and six points in his last five. The Predators strength comes from their veteran defensemen who can take control of a game and slow it down for their team. Roman Josi had two points in the win Tuesday night over the Wings while Ryan Ellis has three points in his last five. This may not be a pretty game, but the Predators will need these points to stay in the playoff race. Take the Predators.
Game Totals Prediction
Nashville has the third-lowest goals per game at 2.28, but that is high compared to the Red Wings–who have the lowest goals for per game in the league at 1.86. The Wings are also in the bottom five in shots per game at 27.3. They cannot produce offense and it starts with their top line. Dylan Larkin has no goals in his last nine games, Anthony Mantha has no goals in his last five, and left winger Darren Helm has no goals this entire season. Nashville knows they can win games if they limit the oppositions scoring chances and they have been playing that game to a tee over the last six games with the lowest shots against in the league over that time span at 25.8 per game. That has helped the Predators be under the total number in three of their last five. The Red Wings are lost in the offensive zone and they have been under the total number four of their last five games. These two teams will likely play another low-scoring defensive game as they both search for answers on their offense. Take the under.