Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Predators versus the Red Wings? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Red Wings are the home favorites against the Predators in a non-conference matchup.


The Pick: Detroit Red Wings -1.5

This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.


  • Looking at our projections, the Red Wings are expected to take down the Predators by a score of 4-2.
  • Take the Red Wings on the moneyline
  • The Red Wings should also cover at -1.5

Do the Predators Have a Shot at a Win at Detroit?

As they head into their game vs. the Red Wings, the Predators have a 19-16-0 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 11-9-0, and they have 8-7-0 mark on the road. This record has them sitting 5th in the Western Central division and 8th in the Western conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Nashville has a 18-17 record. On the road they are 7-8 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is11-9. For the season, Nashville's games have finished with an average of 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.2. Overall, the Predators have an over/under record of 15-15-5.

Across their last three road contests, Nashville has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 3-0, while averaging 4 goals per game.

On offense, the Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 15th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 16th in the league. Nashville's offense is currently ranked 11th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 10th in the league.

Nashville's current leading scorer is Filip Forsberg. This season, he has 16 goals, which puts him 24th in the NHL. Forsberg also comes into the game with 22 assists.

Defensively, the Red Wings are currently 6th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.9 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 13th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Juuse Saros has started 28 games this season. His current record stands at 15-13, and his save percentage is 1.0%.

Do the Red Wings Have What it Takes at Home?

As they head into their game vs. the Predators, the Red Wings have a 16-15-4 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 9-6-3, and they have 7-9-1 mark on the road. They are currently positioned 5th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 12th in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, Detroit are 20-15. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 11-6, while their overall home performance is 9-9. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Detroit is 6.9. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.4. The Red Wings come in with an over/under record of 21-14-0.

Through their last three home games, Detroit has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 2 goals per game.

On the offensive side, the Red Wings are scoring an 3.5 goals per game this season, ranking 4th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 14th in the league. This season, the Red Wings are 7-3 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-11 record.

Detroit's leading scorer is Alex DeBrincat. So far, he has 16 goals which is 15th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 18 assists so far.

The Red Wings defense is currently 6th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.9 shots per game against Detroit. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 13th with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Alex Lyon gets the start and has made seven starts this season. His record at this point is 4-3, and his save percentage is 0.36363636363636365%.