Two clubs that are facing each other for the final time this season, the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings meet at Little Caesars Arena in an East-West showdown. The game will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 20 and it’ll be showcased live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds
Nashville is 35-23 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 29 of its matches have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and none have pushed. This 2017-18 Predators team is 15-13 SU on the road.
Nashville has converted on 22.4 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Preds have been penalized 4.6 times per game during the 2017-18 season, and 3.2 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Boasting a .926 save percentage and 29.1 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (30-13-4) has been the primary option in goal for Nashville this year. Rinne did just play last night, however, so head coach Peter Laviolette could choose to rest him and instead turn to Juuse Saros (5-11-5 record, .925 save percentage, 2.41 goals against average).
P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg will both lead the way for the visiting Predators. Subban has 45 points via 15 goals and 30 assists, and has recorded multiple points 11 times. Forsberg has 17 goals and 24 assists to his name (and has logged a point in 28 games).
Detroit is 24-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 34 of its matches have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and none have pushed. This year, the team is 12-19 SU at home.
The Red Wings have converted on just 18.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.0 percent of all penalties.
Red Wings players have been sent to the penalty box 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard has stopped 26.3 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Red Wings. Howard has 16 wins, 26 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit and has registered a mediocre 2.83 goals against average and a .910 save percentage this season.
The home team offense will be led by Dylan Larkin (nine goals, 34 assists).
Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over
- Two of Nashville’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 5-5 overall in shootouts this season.
- The total has gone under in four of Detroit’s last five outings.
- Four of Nashville’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 3-1 in those games.