NHL Betting Picks for Friday 3/8/24: Red Wings Look to Get Back on Track

Scott Edwards Jr.
Scott Edwards Jr.@ScottEdwardsJr
NHL Betting Picks for Friday 3/8/24: Red Wings Look to Get Back on Track

The NHL heads into the weekend with a four-game slate to pick from tonight.

Whether it's moneylines or total goals, there are plenty of ways to bet on the NHL action all season. It's a long 82-game campaign, meaning that the best selections of each night can be very different based on backup goalies coming into play, injuries that add up, and if teams are due for positive or negative swings.

Let's dive into the best bets for tonight.

Note: Lines are subject to change throughout the day after this article is published. All NHL betting odds and totals are from the NHL odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. All advanced statistics are used from MoneyPuck.com and NaturalStatTrick.com.

NHL Best Bets

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

Over 6.5 Goals (-110)

When the top scoring team in the NHL takes the ice, the "over" always is worth a look. With the Colorado Avalanche taking on the Minnesota Wild tonight, it feels like a good spot to bet over 6.5 Goals for the contest.

The Avalanche are the best team when it comes to scoring. Despite having an average of 3.19 expected goals for per 60 minutes (xGF/60), they're leading the NHL with 3.67 goals for per 60 minutes (GF/60). On the other side, the Wild are averaging 3.06 GF/60, giving enough offensive output. Though in their last 10 games, they're up to 3.69, fourth-best in that span.

Defensively, these two teams let up enough goals to get the over. Minnesota is one of the worst teams at keeping the puck out of their own net, ranking 10th in goals against per 60 minutes (GA/60) with a 3.26 clip. Goaltending has really let them down, considering they have one of the better expected goals against per 60 minutes (xGA/60) at 2.89. Filip Gustavsson will get the start for the Wild tonight and his down season helps the bet tonight. He's sporting a 3.30 goals against average (GAA) and .892 save percentage (SV%). To make matters worse for him, he's allowed nine goals in his last two starts.

Colorado is allowing 3.02 GA/60 and will have their usual starter Alexandar Georgiev between the pipes. Georgiev has allowed six goals in his last two starts.

numberFire's model is all over this game, giving the over a 62.90% likelihood of happening. They project the Wild to finish with 3.24 goals and the Avs to win with 4.15 goals.

Detroit Red Wings at Arizona Coyotes

Red Wings ML (-134)

It's about that time the Detroit Red Wings get themselves back on track. A matchup against the Arizona Coyotes feels like a shot to do just that.

I've wrote about this a few times, but the Red Wings were one of the best teams in the NHL since 2024 started up. Yet, they head into this game with three straight losses and once again looking for some answers. The good news for them is that the Coyotes have been so bad since the turn of the year that it's a game they can get back on track.

Over their last 25 games, the Devils rank 8th in the NHL with 3.36 GF/60. Arizona, on the other hand, ranks 22nd with 2.78 GF/60. When it comes to stopping their opponents, it's where they have some similarities, but the ultimate results are very different. They're tied with a brutal 3.33 xGA/60, but the Coyotes are the worst in the league in actual GA/60, allowing 3.85 in the last 25. The Red Wings have been able to fight that off, only allowing 2.93 GA/60.

James Reimer will start for the Red Wings while Connor Ingram starts for Arizona. Reimer has had a fine season as a backup, putting together a 2.98 GAA and .906 SV%. Over his last two starts, he's faced 74 shots and has only allowed 2 goals, so he's coming into this on a roll. Ingram hasn't had the same success after starting the season off strong. He's lost 9 straight starts and has ceded 14 markers in his last four starts.

Everything is looking up for the Red Wings -- even after their struggles in the past week or so. Getting back on track and earning the win is the bet I'd consider for tonight's four-game slate.

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