Two teams with similar records but drastically different recent results will meet tonight. The Red Wings have lost 4 out of their last 5 while the Wild have won 4 of their last 5 including their most recent win against the Bruins. Here's our Red Wings vs Wild Prediction and NHL Picks for 12/27/23.
Detroit Red Wings:
The Red Wings have been performing with a solid offensive output, scoring 3.53 goals per game, with Alex DeBrincat leading the team with 15 goals. However, they've been struggling defensively, allowing 3.32 goals per game. Goaltender James Reimer has faced challenges with a .897 save percentage and a 3.16 goals-against average.
Recent form shows inconsistency, with the team losing 8 of their last 10 games, indicating a need to improve their defense and goaltending.
The Wild have been in better form, riding a 3-game winning streak and averaging 3.03 goals per game. Key players like Joel Eriksson Ek, Mats Zuccarello, and Kirill Kaprizov have been pivotal in their offensive efforts.
Like the Red Wings, the Wild also have defensive concerns, allowing an average of 3.16 goals per game. Goaltender Filip Gustavsson has been performing relatively better, with a .904 save percentage and a 2.90 goals-against average.
The matchup is expected to be competitive, but the Minnesota Wild seem to have an edge, particularly due to their recent form and home advantage at Xcel Energy Center. They have a record of winning their last six games at home and have historically performed well against the Red Wings.
The game is anticipated to be high-scoring, considering the offensive capabilities of both teams and their defensive vulnerabilities.
In summary, while the Red Wings will look to improve their form, the Wild's recent performance and historical advantage in this matchup suggest they are the favorites to win. Let's take the hot team at home tonight.