Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is well aware that his club will have their hands full on Tuesday as they play host to the Nashville Predators at Little Caesars Arena.
“First off, their big guns are playing really good hockey,” Blashill said. “(Ryan) Johansen, (Matt) Duchene, (Filip) Forsberg. (Defenseman Roman) Josi always plays good hockey. Compared to the start of last year, they’ve really played at a high level.
“They’re a hard forechecking team. Last year they were one of the best forechecking teams in the league. This year they sit No. 3 in our analytics as one of the top forechecking teams in the league. They come at you hard. They’re heavy. They’re gonna hit you. They’re gonna play good structure.
“It’ll be hard game tonight and we’re gonna have to be ready to be at our best. Specifically, we gotta be really good at getting the puck out of our zone.”
Oddsmakers at BetUS are in agreement with Blashill’s assessment of the contest. They’re also seeing the Red Wings in for a tough test and in fact are setting the Predators (13-10-1) as the -130 road betting favorites over Detroit (13-9-3).
Red Wings vs Predators Betting Lines
Detroit has won five games in a row and is 5-0-1 through the last six games. They’re also a solid home squad this season. The Red Wings are 9-2-2 at LCA.
Nashville is 5-5-1 on the road so far this season. Both the Predators (7-2-1) and Red Wings (7-1-3) are adept at succeeding in tight, one-goal outcomes.
On the puck line, Detroit is 13-12 against the spread this season, including an 8-5 slate on home ice. Nashville is 11-13 ATS and 5-6 ATS away from home.
When it comes to the total, for the Red Wings the over is showing a slight 13-12 edge. However, the under is 8-5 in Detroit’s home games. Nashville is an even-steven 12-12 on the total. Away from home, though, the over carries a 7-4 advantage in Predators games.