Wednesday night’s top NHL pick before the All-Star break, Detroit Red Wings vs Minnesota Wild, is a matchup you don’t want to miss. The Red Wings are on the road again and seek to put an end to the lengthy losing streak. Last time out, Detroit went down to a Colorado Avalance team that was coming from a loss and looking to bounce back. Sitting 8th in Atlantic Division, the Red Wings look destined to miss out on another playoff run, with a 12-34-4 record being one of the worst in the league.
The Minnesota Wild is not having a better season either, which is one of the reasons pro tipsters reckon the NHL game will have a must-win feel to it. Despite experiencing 5-4 defeat to the Florida Panthers at home on Monday, the game was yet another example of the team’s brilliant offense. Even though they failed to defend home-ice last time out, they will welcome the Red Wings to Xcel Energy Center confident that they can win against a team that is on a five-game losing streak.
Detroit Red Wings vs Minnesota Wild Predictions
It goes without saying that these two franchises are some of the worst teams in their Conferences. The Red Wings have been anchored to the bottom of the Atlantic Division for most of the season, with little hope of qualifying for the playoffs. Similarly, Minnesota is last in the Central Division with a record of 22-21-6. Here are key players to look out for in the game.
One of the players that will be tasked with finding the goals is Luke Kunin. He bagged a double in the previous game to take his tally to 12 goals and 24 points this season. He will be supported by Jared Spurgeon who has 5 goals and 21 points alongside Zach Parise who has been on the scoresheet 19 times this season with 31 points.
Of the last ten games that the Wilds have played, they averaged a disappointing 3-6-1 record. The team from the West has an average of 2.8 goals per game, with offense providing 4.8 assists and 3.6 penalties. Meanwhile, the defense is giving up 3.1 goals with a .890 save percentage.
The Red Wings have an equally disappointing record in the same amount of games (3-6-1). It’s been harder for the Eastern Conference team to find the goals with an average of 1.9 goals, 3.5 assists, 4.2 penalties per game. The average of goals that the defense gives up is 3.4 goals with a .892 save percentage every game.
Detroit will hope that Tyler Bertuzzi shows the same form that has seen him score 17 goals and adding 19 assists, reaching 36 points this season. He’ll have all the help he can get from Larkin who has found a rich vein of form has over the last 10 games to score four goals and register seven assists.
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In recognition of the fact that Wednesday’s meeting is the first time both teams verse one another this season, there’s surely going to be fireworks at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild seem to have an edge over the visitors, beyond the fact that they have home-ice advantage. They will hope that Mikko Koivu recovers in time to play, but Detroit doesn’t look like they have enough to stop the losing streak.
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