Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild - 2/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild - 2/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by © Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (29-11-3) vs Detroit Red Wings (22-21-6)

Game Info: Monday, February 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -225 / Detroit Red Wings +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Detroit Red Wings in Monday NHL Action.

The Detroit Red Wings come into this road contest with an overall record of 22-21-6. Through 49 games, the Red Wings are 5th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 140 times, good for a rank of 18th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Detroit is the 27th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.39 goals per game. So far, the Red Wings have a strength of schedule rating of 30th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 26th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Detroit Red Wings with an overall record of 29-11-3. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 43 games, the Wild have scored 164 goals, giving them an average of 3.72. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams.On defense, Minnesota is the 6th ranked unit, giving up 2.81 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 5th in the NHL.

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Through 44 games, the Detroit Red Wings goal and overall scoring leader is Dylan Larkin with 49 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 18.3%. So far, 21.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tyler Bertuzzi, who has 19 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Detroit's top goalie is Alex Nedeljkovic, who is giving up an average of 2.91 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 42 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 54 points. He has reached his mark of 20 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.7%. So far, 15.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 29 assists to go along with his 14 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +21. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.78 goals per game. In his 28 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts. Giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Minnesota's 43 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 25-14. So far, the Wild have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 13 of their 17 games at Xcel Energy Center. On the season, the Minnesota Wild have a per-game scoring differential of 0.93. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.42 goals. Heading into their game with the Minnesota Wild, the Wild have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 62.0% of the overall scoring. Look for the Wild to pick up the home win over Detroit.

 

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