Detroit Red Wings (1-1-0) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (1-1-0)
Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 10/16/23 – The 2023 NHL season is quickly picking up steam as Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets prepare to face each other for their third game – scheduled at Nationwide Arena on Monday October 16th – making this contest even more anticipated by hockey enthusiasts who are hoping for hockey free picks on who will come out victorious.
Red Wings have demonstrated impressive offensive capabilities with Alex DeBrincat leading with his remarkable 42.9% shooting percentage to score three goals and provide two assists while J.T. Compher and Shayne Gostisbehere also contributed significantly. Unfortunately, due to Columbus Blue Jackets’ solid defensive structure, Detroit will need their team leaders as key contributors if they wish to break through successfully.
Boone Jenner stands out as an integral component of Columbus Blue Jackets’ offense, matching DeBrincat’s statistics of three goals and an assist. Kirill Marchenko and Patrik Laine complete this trio as team leaders for Columbus; it remains to be seen how these players manage Detroit’s defensive strategies.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 10/16/23 Game Info
|When:||Monday, October 16, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
Goaltender Ville Husso vs. Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins
Husso is currently at an important point in his career with Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso currently boasting an 0.863 save percentage and 3.57 goals against per game average, appearing unimpressive on paper; but looking deeper reveals the challenges he’s been up against: in only two games alone he faced 51 shots; this barrage could unsettle any goaltender but Husso managed to make 44 saves nonetheless! As they move forward against teams like Blue Jackets known for their offensive prowess Husso will bolster their last line of defense; therefore anticipation and focus throughout game play will become crucially important.
Elvis Merzlikins of the Columbus Blue Jackets has found success between the pipes. Boasting a save percentage of 0.95 and conceding only an average of 1.23 goals per game, Merzlikins is quickly proving himself as an impregnable barrier between the posts. Not even the numbers can do justice to his performance; his sharp reflexes and commendable positioning have been at the forefront of his play. Facing 60 shots across two games while conceding only 2 goals is testimony of his outstanding form. Merzlikins will be key as Columbus prepares to face Detroit, providing both DeBrincat and Compher with an offensive challenge while giving confidence to Columbus’ defensive line.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: Detroit Red Wings -111, Total Odds: 6.5
Betting odds indicate a fiercely contested contest, as both teams have been given moneylines of -111. It is evident that this encounter could go either way and those looking to place bets will do well to closely observe team dynamics and individual performances before placing their bets.
Detroit Red Wings Betting Trends
The Detroit Red Wings have experienced difficulty in their last seven matches, going 1-6 against straight up games and 3-11 in away matches versus Columbus, indicating a likely high-scoring contest. Their recent over/under trend showed four games where it leant towards going over by an overwhelming margin; suggesting high scoring contests may await them on their next road game against Columbus.
Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Trends
The Blue Jackets haven’t enjoyed an impressive record over their past 13 games either, going 3-10 straight up. But something interesting has happened during their games against Detroit; four out of their five encounters went over, suggesting something concerning 7-13 record in home games with 8 out of 11 going OVER during October alone.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 10/16/23 Betting Picks
After taking into consideration the strengths and weaknesses of both teams, it appears likely we’re in for an exciting, potentially high-scoring game. Both have areas for concern but have shown glimpses of what they are capable of.
Bettors looking for elite analysis today might benefit from betting on the over. Given both teams’ recent trends and histories of high-scoring encounters between them, betting on this outcome could prove wise; though results could swing either way depending on performance trends – with Columbus Blue Jackets likely possessing an edge based on recent performances.
Free Pick and Prediction: Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Detroit Red Wings 3.