Wings Keep Blues Going For St. Louis; Win High-Scoring Affair In Motown    

Jimmy Murphy

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 6:50 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 6:50 PM UTC

The Red Wings will leave St. Louis singing the blues in Motown as they win high-scoring, nationally televised game.

        

Murphy: 32-29-2

St. Louis (8-11-3, 8-14 ATS) at Detroit (10-11-3, 10-14 ATS)Wednesday 7 PM ET (NBCSN)Free NHL Pick: Red Wings ML, OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Yes the Red Wings are coming off a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jackets at home Monday and yes they likely will struggle to keep the puck out of the net again, just as they have all season; but they score more than they let in against the underachieving Blues in the final game of a 3-game homestand Wednesday night at Little Caesars Arena . Let’s not forget that despite the loss Monday, the Red Wings are a surprising 6-3-1 in their last 10 games after a dismal start. That stretch has brought down their odds over at BetOnline to +10000 to win the Stanley Cup after entering the season at a whopping +50000!

By no means is yours truly saying that Detroit will be hoisting the Cup for the first time since 2008 in June, but it shows you the gambler that they are at least a team to take a little more seriously and keep an eye on for value as they tend to be the underdog more often than not. Detroit is playing an up tempo, attack game, that with their speed, puts opponents on their heels and if they can somehow reduce the turnovers and get better goaltending, they will be a pesky bunch to deal with as we head into the dog days of the season here.

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The Red Wings don’t have any superstars amongst the league leaders in scoring, but they are spreading the wealth and getting contributions from veterans and youngsters alike. Dylan Larkin leads the team in points with 21; Gustav Nyquist has the most assists with 14 helpers and Andreas Athanasiou leads the team with 10 lamplighters.

The Red Wings are 10-14 against the spread and 6-7 at home. Detroit has scored 68 goals and allowed 80. They’re 11-12-1 on the over/under and 4-5-0 at home. The Wings are 13-11 on the puck line and 7-6 at home.

The Blues have to be considered one of this season’s greatest underachievers thus far and because of that, head coach Mike Yeo was relieved of his duties last week and Craig Berube was made the interim coach. General manager Doug Armstrong made some major changes in the offseason, most notably acquiring center Ryan O’Reilly. While O’Reilly has delivered and leads the team in goals (12) assists (14) and points with 26, the team chemistry just hasn’t formed for whatever reason and this team that for the last few seasons was expected to make it over the hump, seems mired in quicksand. You can blame them at times, suspect goaltending of Jake Allen all you want, but the team in front of him isn’t doing him any favors and it may be time to start focusing on one of the league’s premier talents in Vladimir Tarasenko who to this point has just 7 goals and 18 points. St. Louis started the season at +4000 to win the Stanley Cup and are now +3300

The Blues are 8-14 against the spread and 2-6 on the road. St. Louis has scored 67 goals and allowed 73. They’re 11-11-0 on the over/under and 2-6-0 on the road. The Blues are 12-10 on the puck line and 6-2 on the road.

Goaltending Match-Up
  • For the Blues, Allen is 6-6-0-3 with a 3.27 GAA and .896 save percentage.
  • Backup Chad Johnson is 2-5-0 with a 3.12 GAA and .895 save percentage.
  • For the Red Wings, Jimmy Howard is 7-6-0-3 with a 2.68 GAA and .922 save percentage.
  • Jonathan Bernier is 3-5-0 with a 3.63 GAA and .892 save percentage.
M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Blues, forward Jaden Schwartz is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
  • Forward Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Defenseman Rob Bertuzzo is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • For the Wings, forward Darren Helm is out 6-8 weeks with a shoulder injury.
  • Forward Evgeny Svechnikov is out indefinitely following knee surgery.
  • Forward Johan Franzen is out indefinitely with a concussion.
  • Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Prediction: Red Wings 4 Blues 3

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