After failing to protect a one-goal lead in a loss to the New York Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings are right back on the ice to face the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL betting lines are favoring the host Red Wings.
This game would have a little more bite to it if recently signed Patrick Kane was set to suit up for Detroit. However, the former Chicago star winger is likely still a week away from making his Red Wings debut.
Detroit is tied for the Eastern Conference lead with seven home wins and the Red Wings are +10 in goal differential on home ice. Chicago is just 4-7 on the road and has been outscored 42-29 in those contests. Keep that in mind when looking at the NHL odds tonight.
The teams have split the last eight meetings with the road team winning four times during the span. The last two matchups finished as one-goal games. Dylan Larkin scored twice for Detroit in the two games against the Blackhawks last season while Taylor Raddysh led Chicago with two goals against the Red Wings.
Forwards Andreas Athanasiou, Colin Blackwell and Taylor Hall are out for Chicago, as is defenseman Jarred Tinordi.
For Detroit, Larkin missed the last game and is questionable while winger Matt Luff is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury
Power Shortage in Chicago
Chicago is 0-for-17 on the power play in the last six games as the offensive struggles continue for the Blackhawks.
It hasn’t helped that Chicago is the worst faceoff team in the NHL and ranks either 29th or 30th out of 32 teams in goals and shots per game.
Chicago brought in veterans Hall and Corey Perry to provide offensive support for No. 1 overall pick Connor Bedard. Hall is out for the season with a knee injury while ugly rumors are circulating about why the Blackhawks decided to cut ties with Perry.
Perry has one of the six power-play goals scored by Chicago. Only the Washington Capitals have fewer goals with the man advantage than the six scored by the Blackhawks.
When looking at the NHL odds, keep in mind that five of Chicago’s last six road games went over the total.
Red Wings Look for More Home Cooking
A lack of offense is not an issue in Detroit. The Red Wings lead all Eastern Conference teams with 76 goals and the +13 goal differential is third among teams from the East and only behind the two Atlantic Division leaders.
Detroit has been aided by the return of Robby Fabbri, whohas three goals and two assists over the last four games.
— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) November 24, 2023
Detroit looks to get Alex DeBrincat going again as he has one goal in his last five games and three goals over the previous 14 games after scoring nine times in the first seven games of the season.
The NHL betting line total has gone under in four of Detroit’s last five games.
Will Bedard Light the Lamp?
Bedard still leads the Blackhawks with 10 goals and 17 points. However, he has just one goal over the last seven games and he has been held to one shot on goal in four of his last seven games. It is hard to score when you don’t shoot the puck and, with a mediocre supporting cast, teams have been able to focus their attention on the dynamic rookie.
Bedard has gone eight straight games without registering a point on the power play and that is a problem for a Chicago team struggling to generate offense.
Bedard is too talented for those trends to continue.
Veteran Tyler Johnson gave Chicago the lead for good the last time out against Seattle. However, that was at home. Expect the Detroit fans to bring up the sordid rumors on Perry, even if most are not true, in this matchup.
Chicago has dropped its last three road games and has been outscored 10-2 in the first and second periods in the last two games away from home.
Keep an eye on the status of Larkin as things will play out much differently if Detroit’s No. 1 center is unable to suit up.
Detroit has just 5-on-5 goals in its last 11 games, but at least the Red Wings have enjoyed some success on the power play and that is not something Chicago can say.
Detroit is just 2-2-2 against the NHL Las Vegas odds as a favorite this season while Chicago has been listed as the underdog in every game this season.
Blackhawks vs Red Wings Betting Lines
Blackhawks vs Red Wings Game Prediction
Predicted Score: Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 2
Go with the Under
With Chicago struggling to get power-play opportunities and to score with the man advantage along with the injury concerns surrounding Larkin, it will not be a surprise to see this game finish under the total.
Chicago did get an extra day off while Detroit played on Wednesday so perhaps that will factor into the game’s outcome.
NHL Pick: Under 6½ (-120)
Are You Ready For Some Late Scoring?
When looking at the numbers in November, the teams are heading in different directions. Chicago’s best period has been the first while Detroit has been starting off a bit on the slow side with nine goals in the first period in the last 11 games. However, Detroit is +7 in goal differential in the second and third periods in those games.
Chicago has struggled to win on the road and Detroit is a strong team on home ice so roll with the home team in this matchup.
NHL Pick: Detroit Red Wings ML -210
Blackhawks vs Red Wings Game Information
- Game: Blackhawks vs Red Wings
- Date/Time: Thursday, November 30, 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
- Blackhawks vs Red Wings Live Stream: NHL.TV
Questions Of The Day
Which team will score more goals in the 1st period of the game?
While Chicago has struggled to score, the Blackhawks have had more success in the first period than in the other two periods.
Which Blackhawks player will have a strong performance in the game?
Keep an eye on rookie Connor Bedard as he leads the Blackhawks with 10 goals and could be an NHL best prop bet in this game.