A week ago, the Detroit Red Wings were the toast of the town – and now, they just look like toast. Detroit will try to halt an ugly three-game slide as it wraps up a mini two-game homestand Sunday night against the Vancouver Canucks. The Red Wings opened the season with wins in four of their first five games, but have gained just one out of a possible six points since then and are coming off a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.
Canucks vs. Red Wings
Moneyline: Red Wings -150
Date: Sunday, October 22, 7 p.m. ET
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
Detroit comes in as a comfortable favourite thanks to a solid home showing; the Red Wings are 3-0 against the puckline at Little Caesars Arena, though they’ve collected just three out of six points there so far. Detroit hasn’t developed many betting trends of late, though it is 6-1 in its last seven games against Western Conference opponents. And the Red Wings have won six of their last eight meetings with Vancouver, including both games last season.
Vancouver, which beat Buffalo 4-2 on Friday night, is 2-10 in its last 12 when coming off a victory in its previous game. And the majority of that stretch has seen low-scoring affairs, with the Canucks playing to the under in seven of nine games after prevailing in their previous contest. Both teams have favored overs on the season, with the Canucks exceeding the total in four of seven games and the Red Wings going 6-2 against the total to date.
The Canucks have fared well on their East Coast road trip – winning two out of their first three games – but will need to work on improving their moribund power play. Vancouver has converted just twice in 12 opportunities on the trek and entered the weekend ranked 26th overall with an 11.4-percent success rate with the man advantage. Forward Derek Dorsett, known primarily for his frequent trips to the penalty box, leads the team with four goals in seven games.
Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings are dealing with their own power-play struggles, entering the weekend with a 15.6-percent success rate (good for 23rd in the NHL) and having converted on just one of their last 14 man-advantage opportunities. Detroit has been outshot in five of its first eight games, and is allowing more than 33 shots per game on the season. Jimmy Howard is expected to start in goal Sunday; he’s 13-6-3 with a 2.47 GAA all-time versus the Canucks.
Canucks vs. Red Wings Prediction
Red Wings 3, Canucks 2