Little Caesars Arena plays host to an East-West matchup as the Detroit Red Wings square off against the visiting San Jose Sharks. The matchup will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 31, and you are able to see it live on Fox Sports Detroit.
San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings Odds
Detroit (-105) is playing the role of underdog to Detroit (-115), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -125 for the under and +105 for the over.
San Jose is 26-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 29 of its matches have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Sharks are 12-13 SU on the road in 2017-18.
San Jose has converted on 23.4 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it’s successfully killed off a whopping 83.9 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Sharks have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 3.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting a .908 save percentage and 25.0 saves per game, Martin Jones (15-17-5) has been the top option in goal for San Jose this season. Jones did just play last night, however, so head coach Peter Deboer could decide to rest him and instead turn to Aaron Dell (12-10-3 record, .917 save percentage, 2.51 goals against average).
Brent Burns and Logan Couture will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Sharks. Burns has 42 points on eight goals and 34 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 10 different games. Couture has 21 goals and 16 assists to his name (and has registered a point in 22 games).
Detroit is 19-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 26 of its outings have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and none have pushed. This year, the team is 10-17 SU at home.
The Red Wings have converted on just 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is also ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Red Wings players have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard has denied 26.2 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Red Wings. Howard has 14 wins, 24 losses, and six overtime losses to his name and has maintained a .911 save percentage and 2.82 goals against average this year.
The home team offense will be led by Dylan Larkin (eight goals, 30 assists).
San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Under
- San Jose is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Detroit is 3-1 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in three of Detroit’s last five outings.
- Eight of Detroit’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 3-5 overall in those games.