The Detroit Red Wings might not be a playoff participant this season, but they look like a value-packed pick on the road to take down the reeling Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Columbus (15-25-10) is mired in the midst of an ugly losing streak, but the Blue Jackets are still home favorites against Detroit (17-25-8) vs their Central Division rivals at Nationwide Arena. The NHL Odds for this Central Division clash are live in the BetUS Online Sportsbook right now.
Red Wings at Columbus
When: Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: BSOH, BSDET+
Detroit +1½ (-210)
Columbus -1½ (+175)
Lowly Red Wings Playing Decent, not Great
Detroit has lost four of five, but has split its last eight games. The Red Wings come into this matchup fresh off a crushing 2-1 overtime home loss against Dallas on Saturday, two days after routing the Stars 7-3 at home.
Dennis Cholowski scored Detroit’s only goal but the Red Wings fell as Jamie Benn lit the lamp just 32 seconds into overtime for Dallas. Benn took advantage of a turnover by Detroit in the extra period before firing one past Jonathan Bernier’s blocker.
“Benn made a great play” Bernier said. “He was looking pass the whole way, but (Filip Hronek) took that away, so he had to shoot. I got my blocker on it, so I wasn’t sure it went in.”
Bernier stopped a career-high 50 shots in the loss. The Red Wings average 2.3 goals (30th) on 27.2 shots per contest (29th). Defensively, Detroit allows 3.1 goals per game (23rd) on 31.7 shots per contest (26th).
Blue Jackets Free-Falling
The Blue Jackets are completely free-falling as they come into this matchup looking to snap a nine-game losing streak. Columbus has lost consecutive games against defending champion Tampa Bay, including a crushing 4-3 overtime loss on Sunday.
Eric Robinson scored a pair of goals and Mikhail Grigorenko added another score for Columbus, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Tampa Bay as Victor Hedman lit the lamp just 10 seconds into overtime.
“It’s good to be doing the right things and make sure you’re playing the right way,’’ Robinson said. “But it’s hard when you’re not getting the result to keep sticking with it. I thought we’ve done a good job the past few games of sticking with it during tough times. I think if we keep going with it we’ll see a result soon.’’
Columbus averages 2.4 goals (29th) on 28.8 shots per game. Defensively, the Blue Jackets allow 3.3 goals per contest (26th) on 32.0 shots per contest (27th).
Back the Wings to Soar
The Red Wings might be bottom feeders but they’ve also won two straight and three of four against Columbus, including a 4-1 home win on March 28 the last time they met.
I know the Blue Jackets have won six of the last seven at home in this rivalry while the favorite is 39-15 in the last 54 meetings, but right now Detroit is the better team. Columbus has not scored more than three goals in eight straight games while getting held to a lone goal four times in its last six games overall. I love the value Detroit is offering as a plus-money road pick and expect the Red Wings to get the win on Tuesday night.