The following betting pick and prediction information is for the NHL matchup between the Detroit Red Wings vs. Winnipeg Jets. 

Two teams with postseason hopes that may be unlikely will take the ice at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Winnipeg Jets. The Red Wings have lost four of their last five games, and the Jets have lost two straight contests. With 12 games remaining, Winnipeg will need to get very hot, very quickly in order to have a shot at the playoffs.

Detroit Red Wings Betting Preview: Build on Last Win

The Detroit Red Wings come into play with a record of 27-34-9, good for 63 points and fifth place in the Atlantic Division, 41 points behind the Florida Panthers in the division standings. To tell you how lopsided the Atlantic Division is, the Red Wings trail the fourth-place Boston Bruins by 30 points. Detroit is coming off a win over the Bruins after losing the previous six games.

In that victory, left winger Jakub Vrana had a goal and an assist to lead the way for the Wings. Detroit fell behind 2-0 in the first period before they scored the next four goals to take a 4-3 lead. Boston cut the lead to 4-3, but that was as close as they would get, as the Wings added an empty-netter to secure the win. Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic was outstanding, stopping 47 of the 50 shots he faced.

On the season, the Red Wings are led offensively by center Dylan Larkin, who has 30 goals and 35 assists for 65 points. Left winger Tyler Bertuzzi has 26 goals this year, and defenseman Moritz Seider leads the team with 40 assists. Detroit has seven players with double-digit goal totals, with three of them having at least 20. Between the pipes, Nedeljkovic has a record of 18-21-8 with a goals against average of 3.31 and a save percentage of .901.

Winnipeg Jets Betting Preview: Not Out of the Playoff Picture Yet

The Winnipeg Jets come into play with a record of 33-27-10, good for 76 points and sixth place in the Central Division standings. The Jets trail Colorado by 30 points, but are just seven points out of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference playoffs, currently held by the Dallas Stars. One of the issues is that Winnipeg does not play Dallas anymore this season, so they are going to need help in addition to playing flawless hockey. 

That has not happened lately as the Jets have lost two straight games. Their most recent loss came at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings by the score of 3-2 on Saturday night. Left winger Nikolaj Ehlers scored his 22nd goal in the game, but it was not enough as the Kings outshot the Jets 38-27. One bright spot in the game was the play of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 35 shots in a losing effort.

On the season, the Jets are led offensively by left winger Kyle Connor, who has 41 goals and 41 assists for 82 points. Right winger Blake Wheeler leads the team with 42 assists. Winnipeg has nine players with double-digit goal totals, with four of those having at least 20. Between the pipes, Hellebuyck has a record of 25-24-9 with a goals against average of 2.92 and a save percentage of .912.

Detroit Red Wings at Winnipeg Jets Betting Lines and Odds

MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Winnipeg -290, while Detroit checks in at +235. There is no spread on the game currently, and the over/under is 6.5.

Free Betting Pick

Detroit has had defensive issues for the last couple of months, as they have allowed double-digit goals in multiple games. They really have nothing to play for and are just trying to play spoiler. 

Winnipeg does have something to play for, although they need help from other teams if they want to make the postseason. However, they can score goals in bunches and with Detroit’s poor defense, the over is the play here.

Spooky Express Free Pick:  Over 6.5

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