NHL Picks: Wings & Blues to Light Up the Score Board, Pick 'Over' 5

SBR Staff

Saturday, November 21, 2015 1:46 PM GMT

The Detroit Red Wings finally waking up from a scoring slump, can we expect that trend to continue. Check this article before making your NHL picks on tonight's ice action.

Needing some offense
Red Wings’ center Pavel Datsyuk missed the first 15 games of the season while recovering from ankle surgery. Through four appearances since his return, Datsyuk has managed only point. But he at least notched one in his most recent outing after going without a point in his first three, as the 37-year-old contributed an assist in 2-1 loss to Montreal on Wednesday.

Although Datsyuk did not notch a point on Monday, Detroit’s offense finally woke up in a 4-3 overtime victory over Ottawa. That snapped a streak of six consecutive games in which the Wings scored two goals or fewer.

Monday’s success against the Senators also marked the first time this season that Detroit put more than 30 shots on goal. But the Red Wings could not make it two in a row, as they finished with just 26 shots two days later versus the Capitals.

 

Parayko questionable
St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko has missed the last two contests because of a lower-body injury. Parayko did not take part in Friday’s optional morning skate and his status should be updated at some point prior to face-off on Saturday.

Although Parayko plays defense, he should not be underestimated as an offensive weapon. The 22-year-old has contributed five goals and seven assists already this season, while suiting up for 18 games. He had an assist in Monday’s 3-2 win over Winnipeg before leaving early because of the injury.

The Blues have gone six straight games without scoring more than three goals on any occasion.

 

Trends

The Detroit Red Wings are:

3-0-3 Under in their last six games against the Western Conference

17-6-4 Under in their last 27 overall

5-0-1 Under in their last six games against teams with winning records

The St. Louis Blues are:

9-3-2 Under in their last 14 overall

6-1-4 Under in their last 11 home games

5-0 Under in the last five meetings between the two teams

The good news for Detroit is that Datsyuk is back, but he may not be 100 percent based on his production. Like the Red Wings, St. Louis is also struggling offensively and it will be either without Parayko or with a banged-up Parayko. The under is 9-3-2 in the Blues’ last 14 overall and 17-6-4 in the Wings’ last 27 overall. Against the NHL odds, we advise to make the Over the NHL pick tonight.

NHL Pick: Over 5 at Pinnacle

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