Penguins Favored on Road
The Pittsburgh Penguins face off against the Detroit Red Wings at the Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night in a clash of two Eastern Conference rivals that appear to be headed in opposite directions.
Pittsburgh is in the playoff race, currently clinging to the second and final wild-card spot in the East as we look at the latest NHL standings. And they enter this game as the firm favorites in the NHL betting markets.
Meanwhile, Detroit is 11 points behind Pittsburgh in the standings – branding the Red Wings the quintessential longshot sports bet to make the postseason frame with less than a dozen games left in the regular season.
Before the first puck drops on Tuesday night at 7:07 p.m. ET on this fascinating matchup, we’ve got you primed for the betting with this preview that includes up-to-date NHL odds.
Penguins Clinging to Last Spot
Pittsburgh is 36-27-10 with 82 points from 73 games played. The Penguins are three points behind the divisional rival New York Islanders but with two games in hand.
In the broader spectrum of the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Islanders and Penguins hold the first and second wild cards. The nearest rival, the Florida Panthers, is three points adrift of the Penguins.
Recent form is a spot of concern for Sidney Crosby and Co. While they have won two of their last three games overall, they’ve lost three of their last four away games and take a subpar 4-5-1 record in their last 10 games into Tuesday’s clash.
In their last time out, Pittsburgh secured a 4-3 win at home over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Evgeni Malkin scored with 1:20 remaining to rescue the win after the Penguins fritted away a three-goal lead in the third period.
The Penguins are scoring 3.21 goals per game. They’ve scored 12 goals in their last four games and have had great production from their top lines, which includes stalwarts Crosby and Malkin. The defense has been less reliable and often counterproductive, allowing 3.22 goals per game on average.
HE IS SCORE.
HE IS CELLY.
HE IS CLUTCH. pic.twitter.com/RZwkG4TcN1
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 26, 2023
Red Wings Coming Apart
Detroit is 31-32-9 with 71 points from 72 games played. The Red Wings are second-to-last in the Atlantic Division and eight points adrift of the Panthers in the standings.
The Red Wings are eager to get back on track and make one final push for the playoffs. But recent form stands on a discouraging 3-7-0 mark and includes a two-game losing streak. Time is running out fast if they hope to mastermind the unthinkable.
Their last game was a road loss, 3-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Detroit outshot the Flyers 29-22 and outhit them 27-22, but they couldn’t find the net.
The Red Wings are scoring an average of 2.66 goals per game. However, the defense is conceding 3.26 goals per game on the season and a whopping 3.8 goals In the last five games.
Here we go boys. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/TLTN5iPlit
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 25, 2023
Penguins vs Red Wings Game Injuries
Penguins vs Red Wings Head-to-Head
The Penguins boast a stellar 7-1-2 record versus the Red Wings in the last 10 games. Detroit is 3-6-1 against Pittsburgh during this same period. The total has seen the over cash five times, the under four times and push once at the sports betting exchange..
Somewhat surprisingly, the Red Wings have the 1-0 edge this season after beating the Penguins 5-4 in overtime on Boxing Day. This is the second and final meeting between these Eastern Conference rivals.
Penguins vs Red Wings Game Information
- Game: Penguins (36-27-10) vs Red Wings (31-32-8)
- Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
- Day/Time: Tuesday, March 28, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Penguins vs Red Wings Live stream: NHL.TV
Penguins vs Red Wings Betting Lines
Penguins vs Red Wings Picks and Prediction
The Red Wings are down, but not out. The Penguins are up, but only just. On paper, this looks like a mismatch that would underscore the sportsbook outlook, which has the Penguins as the favorites to win.
In every respect, the Penguins are the better team. They have the talent, quality, and skill to outmatch the Red Wings. Plus, they have the motivation to atone for their earlier loss to Detroit – a game that they should have won at home.
Whichever way you slice it, Pittsburgh is good value on the moneyline (outlined in greater detail below). However, considering Detroit’s porous defense, a bet on the puck line, where Pittsburgh is pegged at -1½ (+135), or the total, which is projected to six goals, could offer additional profit angles for your NHL picks.
Pittsburgh is listed at -190 in our Vegas NHL lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Penguins, there’s a chance to win $53. Detroit is +165, with a chance to win $165 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Pittsburgh a 65.52% chance to win, with the Red Wings at 37.74%.