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Wild on the Verge of a Playoff Berth

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Three teams in the Central Division are battling for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference and with two of those three in action Friday, the picture could be a lot clearer when the final horn sounds. The Minnesota Wild enter Friday’s meeting with the Detroit Red Wings five points up on the Colorado Avalanche for the final spot and will be gunning for a win to tighten their grip on the final ticket.

Shark Bites
  • The Red Wings are 3-0 SU in their last three games after a loss.
  • The Wild are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games after a loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Red Wings’ last six games.

The Wild had a six-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. They have an outside chance of nabbing the seven-seed from the Nashville Predators as they sit four back with four games left, but the No. 8 seems more likely.

The Red Wings are in a fight themselves as they sit one point back of the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division. Grabbing that No. 3 spot in the Atlantic will be Detroit’s best bet to get into the postseason. From the way things are going, the two wild card spots could very well come out of the Metropolitan Division as they New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers are in the driver’s seat.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4-1.3 win for the Wild on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Minnesota Wild vs Detroit Red Wings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Detroit will face the 38-29-11 Wild. In totals betting, the Red Wings are 29-34-13 in over under betting so far this season while the Minnesota Wild are 28-32-18. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Minnesota injuries news.

The Detroit Red Wings sit at No. 17 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Minnesota Wild sit at a No. 4 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Detroit's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 2.57 goals per game, against a Wild defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.47 goals allowed. The Red Wings power play is averaging 18.88% while the Wild defense kills off 78.87% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wild were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Senators. That made winners of bettors who got Ottawa at +218 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Detroit was a 4-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Canadiens. They lost as -134 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 7-17-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Detroit
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games
  • Detroit is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
  • Detroit is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Minnesota
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Winnipeg, Sunday, April 3rd
Detroit at Toronto, Saturday, April 2nd