Predators vs Red Wings Prediction - NHL Picks 12/29/23

Detroit Red Wings (16-15-4) vs Nashville Predators (19-16)

Game Info: Friday, December 29, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Red Wings -126 / Nashville Predators +105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nashville Predators will play the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Nashville has lost three of their last four games, while Detroit has lost six of their last seven. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Predators vs Red Wings prediction.

Predators Preview

The Nashville Predators are 19-16-0 this year after they lost to Carolina by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Nashville cut the Carolina lead to only 3-2 in the second period, but the Hurricanes were able to pull away. The Predators out shot Carolina by a total of 37-25 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. Nashville lost to Dallas by a score of 3-2 in the game before Carolina but did defeat the Flyers by a score of 4-2 prior to that. The Predators are scoring 3.09 goals per game and they are allowing 3.11 goals against per game, while going 20.6% on the power play and 75.9% on the penalty kill. Filip Forsberg has led Nashville with 16 goals, 22 assists, and 131 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Nashville is Juuse Saros, who is 15-13-0 this year with a 2.94 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. 

Red Wings Preview

The Detroit Red Wings are 16-15-4 this season after they lost to Minnesota by a score of 6-3 in their last game. Detroit tied the game at two early in the third period, but allowed four of the next five goals for the loss. The Red Wings were out shot by a total of 31-28 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Detroit has lost nine of their last 11 games, with the two wins coming against Philadelphia and St. Louis. The Red Wings are scoring 3.51 goals per game and they are allowing 3.40 goals against per game, while going 22% on the power play and 79.8% on the penalty kill. Alex DeBrincat has led Detroit with 16 goals, 18 assists, and 115 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Detroit is Alex Lyon, who is 4-3-0 this year with a 2.14 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. 

Detroit Red Wings Team Facts

  • The Red Wings have lost three of their last four games as favorites.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in 10 of the Red Wings' last 11 games at Little Caesars Arena.
  • The home team has won the second period in each of the last four games between the Predators and Red Wings.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Red Wings' last nine games as favorites against Central Division opponents.

Nashville Predators Team Facts

  • The road team has won each of the Predators' last four games.
  • The Predators have failed to cover the puck line in seven of their last eight night games following a loss.
  • The favorites have won the third period in six of the Predators' last seven games at Little Caesars Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Predators' last 10 night games.

Detroit Red Wings Player Prop Facts

  • Robby Fabbri has scored at least one goal in three of his last four appearances with the Red Wings as home favorites against Central Division opponents.
  • Dylan Larkin has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances against Central Division opponents at Little Caesars Arena.
  • Dylan Larkin has recorded an assist in each of his last five home appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • J.T. Compher ranks 4th in the Atlantic Division for shooting percentage (18.9) this season.

Nashville Predators Player Prop Facts

  • Gustav Nyquist has recorded a point in each of the Predators' last four games as underdogs.
  • Filip Forsberg has recorded at least one assist in three of the Predators' last four games as underdogs against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Dante Fabbro has scored two career goals against the Red Wings - equal-most against any opponent (including playoffs)

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Detroit Red Wings rank T2nd in the league for Period 2 goals scored per game this season (1.29).
  • The Detroit Red Wings rank 5th in the league for power play goals this season (31).
  • The Nashville Predators rank 30th in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.66).
  • The Nashville Predators rank 29th in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (1.31).

Predators vs Red Wings Betting Prediction

Detroit comes into this game needing a win very badly, as they have played very poorly over the last few weeks. The Red Wings are one of the higher scoring teams in the NHL, but their defense/goaltending as been terrible. Nashville has lost three of their last four games and they have only scored 10 goals in their last four games. Detroit is 9-6-3 at home and they should have Alex Lyon back in net, who I think will be the difference. Take the Red Wings here. 

David’s Pick Red Wings ML

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