Penguins vs Red Wings Prediction - NHL Picks 10/18/23

Detroit Red Wings (2-1) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1)

Game Info: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Red Wings +104 / Pittsburgh Penguins -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Pittsburgh has won two games in a row, while Detroit has also won two in a row coming into this matchup.

Penguins Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 2-1-0 this year after they defeated the Calgary Flames by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Pittsburgh trailed 1-0 in the third period, but they scored the first four goals in the third period to pull away for the win. The Penguins were out shot by a total of 36-29 and they went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Pittsburgh lost to Chicago in their first game, but they bounced back two wins over the Capitals and the Flames. The Pittsburgh Penguins are scoring 3.67 goals per game and they are allowing 2.00 goals against per game, while going 25% on the power play and 90% on the penalty kill. Evgeni Malkin has led the Penguins this year with two goals, four assists, and 15 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry, who is 1-1-0 this season with a 1.53 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. 

Red Wings Preview

The Detroit Red Wings are 2-1-0 this season after they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-0 in their last game. Detroit led 1-0 in the first period and they were able to score three goals in the second period for the win. The Red Wings out shot Columbus by a total of 28-23 and went 2-5 on the power play in the game. Detroit lost their opener to New Jersey, but they have defeated the Lightning and the Blue Jackets since. The Detroit Red Wings are scoring 4.33 goals per game and they are allowing 2.67 goals against per game, while going 40% on the power play and 83.3% on the penalty kill this year. Alex DeBrincat has led the Red Wings this season with three goals, two assists, and nine shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Detroit is Ville Husso, who is 1-1-0 this year with a 3.57 goals against average and a .863 save percentage.

Detroit Red Wings Team Facts

  • The Red Wings have won 18 of their last 29 games as home underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Red Wings have covered the puck line in four of their last five home games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in eight of the Red Wings' last nine home games.
  • The favorites have won the first period in seven of the Red Wings' last nine games.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Facts

  • The Penguins have lost seven of their last eight night games following a win.
  • The Penguins have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four night games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Penguins' last eight games following a win.
  • The Penguins have lost the third period in five of their last six games as favorites following a win.

Detroit Red Wings Player Prop Facts

  • David Perron has scored at least one goal in three of his last four appearances with his team as an underdog against the Penguins.
  • Andrew Copp has recorded at least one point in each of his last eight home appearances against the Penguins.
  • Andrew Copp has recorded at least one assist in each of the Red Wings' last four home games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Alex DeBrincat ranks T1st in the league for Game Winning Goals (1) this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Sidney Crosby has scored at least one goal in three of the Penguins' last four games against the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.
  • Jake Guentzel has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.
  • Kris Letang has recorded at least one assist in each of the Penguins' last five games against the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.
  • Jake Guentzel ranks T1st in the league for multi-point games (2) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Detroit Red Wings ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).
  • The Detroit Red Wings ranks T1st in the league for goals in Period 2 per game this season (2.00).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins ranks T7th in the league for goals against per game this season (2.00).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins ranks T1st in the league for power play goals against this season (1).

Pick

Both of these teams come into this game with a 2-1 record, but Detroit will have the home ice advantage for this matchup. The Red Wings have impressed me so far this season, especially offensively, but they need to get a more consistent effort from their defense. Pittsburgh hasn’t impressed me as much, as they lost to Chicago and had almost no offense in the first two periods against Calgary. The Red Wings have scored 13 goals in three games and I like them at a good price in this matchup. 

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