Little Caesars Arena is playing host an East-West matchup as the Detroit Red Wings welcome the visiting St. Louis Blues. The opening face-off takes place at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, and you can catch it live on Sportsnet ONE.
St. Louis Blues vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds
St. Louis is 19-10 straight up (SU) and has netted 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 15 of its outings have gone under the total, while 14 have gone over and none have pushed. As the road team this season, the Blue Notes are 9-5 SU.
St. Louis has converted on 17.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 22nd in the league, and it has successfully killed off 78.4 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, St. Louis has been sent to the penalty box just 3.5 times per game during the 2017-18 season, 3.4 per game over its last five games total, and 3.8 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .910 save percentage and 25.3 saves per game, Jake Allen (15-9-2) has been the primary option in goal for St. Louis this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Mike Yeo could roll with Carter Hutton (5-3 record, .937 save percentage, 1.88 goals against average).
Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Blues. Schwartz has 34 points via 13 goals and 21 assists, and has recorded two or more points 10 times. Schenn has 14 goals and 20 assists to his credit (and has logged a point in 17 games).
Detroit is 11-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 28 regular season matches, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 5-9 SU at home this season.
Detroit has converted on 21.3 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
Detroit players have been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.6 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 13.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard (26.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Detroit. Howard has nine wins, 14 losses, and four OT losses to his credit and has maintained a .910 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average this year.
The Wings will be led on offense by Dylan Larkin (four goals, 19 assists).
St. Louis Blues vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Over
- St. Louis is 2-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Detroit is 2-1 in shootouts.
- Over St. Louis last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
- St. Louis skaters have dished out the eighth-most hits in the league (23.4 per game).