Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

 

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In a Central Division battle, the Detroit Red Wings will take on the Chicago Blackhawks. The Red Wings have a record of 6-13-3 and the Blackhawks have a record of 11-6-4 on the season. These two teams have faced each other four times with the Blackhawks winning all four games.

Red Wings Coming off Win

The Wings are coming off a 5-2 victory against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. Sam Gagner had a hat trick in the game. Luke Glendening, Bobby Ryan, and Darren Helm each had two points. Jonathan Bernier was great in net, stopping 37 out of 39 shots faced.

The Wings have been horrible on offense this season. They have scored two goals or less in seven out of their last nine games. They rank 30th in goals per game and shooting %, 28th in shots per game, and 31st in scoring efficiency ratio. Only two players on Detroit have over 10 points on the season. This team really lacks fire power on offense.

Goaltending has improved lately for Detroit. The Wings have given up two goals or less in six of their last nine games. Thomas Greiss is 1-10-3 with a 3.16 GAA and .892 SV %. Jonathan Bernier is 5-3-0 with a 2.59 GAA and a .918 SV %. They rank 23rd in goals against per game, and 24th in opponent shooting % and SV %.

Special teams have been a disaster for the Wings. Detroit ranks 31st in power play % and 28th in penalty kill %.

Blackhawks are Hot

The Blackhawks have won five of their last six games. Their last game was a 2-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Patrick Kane and Carl Soderberg each scored a goal. Malcolm Subban was perfect between the pipes, stopping all 26 shots faced.

The Blackhawks have been mediocre on offense. They rank 15th in goals per game, shots per game, and shooting %, and 16th in scoring efficiency ratio. They have improved slightly on offense lately, scoring three goals or more in six of their last 10 games. Patrick Kane has recorded two points or more in six of the last 10 games. Kane is tied for third in the league in points, with 31 points in 21 games.

Defense and puck control are a weakness for the Hawks. They rank dead last in shots against per game and 28th in shot differential per game. Their defense will need to tighten up and have better puck control to help out Kevin Lankinen and Malcolm Subban. Lankinen has a record of 8-3-3 with a 2.59 GAA and a .921 SV%. Subban has a record of 3-1-1 with a 2.13 GAA and a .930 SV%. Both goalies have been solid in net this season.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:
 

Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shooting % and opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor Chicago. The Blackhawks have won five of their last six games.  The Wings have been horrible on offense this season. They have scored two goals or less in seven out of their last nine games. Chicago is the better team and they have been hot recently. The Blackhawks will win this game easily.

Prediction:
Chicago Blackhawks (-140)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:
 

Detroit really struggles to put the puck in the net. The Wings have scored two goals or less in seven out of their last nine games and rank 30th in goals per game. The under has hit in five of the last six games between these two teams. The under will hit once again in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 5.5