Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings - 10/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings - 10/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (0-0) at Nashville Predators (1-0)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

The Line: Nashville Predators -235 / Detroit Red Wings +185 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings have gone three straight seasons without making the playoffs, but there’s some hope now with Steve Yzerman at general manager. There’s some nice long pieces on this Detroit roster who will make this season fun to watch, as Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi are all coming along nicely. However, it’s going to take some time before the Red Wings can build the needed depth to go out there and compete for anything worth writing home about. The Detroit Red Wings were also one of the worst defensive teams in the league last season and didn’t make any key moves this offseason to address it. Yzerman has proven he can build a title contender, but it’s going to take some time and patience is being asked for from Red Wings’ fans. 

The Nashville Predators look for a 2-0 start after beating the Minnesota Wild in their season opener. The Nashville Predators are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Ellis leads Nashville with one goal, Matt Duchene has three assists and Filip Forsberg has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing two goals per game and are killing 66.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up two goals on 24 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have allowed two or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

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The Red Wings are 16-5 in their last 21 games as an underdog, 16-38 in their last 54 games as a road underdog and 4-10 in their last 14 Saturday games. The Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-9 in their last 12 Saturday games. The under is 4-0 in Red Wings last 4 games as an underdog. The over is 3-1-1 in Predators last 5 games as a favorite. The Red Wings are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.

The Nashville Predators looked sharp in their season opener and I always value teams that have a game under their belt over the teams that don't. The Detroit Red Wings are also entering the season with reasonable expectations and are probably a year or two away from doing anything playoff wise. However, the Red Wings have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Nashville Predators. The Red Wings also made a killing toward the end of last season in the underdog role. While the Nashville Predators should be favored, we're getting a hell of a price with the Red Wings given the history between these two teams.

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Randy’s Pick Detroit Red Wings +185

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