After the worst start in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings have quietly been digging themselves out of a hole. They luckily didn’t wait too long to start clawing out of it, so there is still an opportunity to make something of this year. Something like the playoffs? Let’s not go that far but they can finish with a respectable record despite not having the best talent on their roster. Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist are expected to perform.
But the real equalizer for the Red Wings during their solid play has been Andreas Athanasiou. Anthanasiou missed some games earlier in the season, and I don’t want to say he’s the reason the Red Wings’ offence was so bad, he’s certainly provided them with a lift. He’s notched at least a goal and assist in his last three games. The offence has sprung to life, as they finally resemble a team that might be worth it for fans to go and watch.
The Red Wings enter Ottawa with a record of 8-8-1. Earlier in October there were times this team didn’t look good enough to win 20 games this season, they were playing that poorly. They’re currently on a four-game winning streak, with wins in seven of their previous eight games. Three of those wins came in extra time, but they all count as 2 points in the end. Detroit will head to Ottawa where they will take on the 7-8-3 Senators. More momentum will be with the Red Wings as the Senators have scored two wins in their last six games. Get our free Red Wings vs. Senators pick below.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
Once dormant in the basement, the Red Wings’ offence has found some life recently. Arby’s is giving out free curly fries every time the Wings score 3 or more goals in a game. Originally it was a hat trick and then because of how bad they were playing it was amended to just 3 goals. No word on if they changed it back since the Red Wings have been scoring, but it feels like almost immediately they started generating offence when the embarrassing promo.
They’ve scored at least 3 goals since October 28th, eight games ago, so I’d say that it didn’t work out in their favour. During that stretch, the Red Wings have been scoring at a healthy clip of 4 goals per game, including 6 goals against the Coyotes in their last outing.
Detroit were averaging a little under 2 goals per game, but in just a couple of weeks that’s up to 2.83 goals overall on the year. There might be some issues defensively still, but at least this team is showing signs of life, which is all head coach Jeff Blashill has wanted to see from his team. They’ll get the worst defence in the NHL to feast on in Ottawa.
The Sens are allowing 4.22 goals per game to put them in the bottom of the league. In their previous six games, they’ve allowed 5 goals per game. They’ve been getting bailed out by the offence to keep their heads above water. There have been far too many mistakes for them to overcome, but the offence has been solid with 3.44 goals per game. The OVER has gone 5-2 in the Wings’ last seven games, and 8-1-1 In the Sens’ last ten games. I’m inclined to believe that the effort defensively for both clubs won’t be up for the challenge again tonight. It sets up an opportunity for a play on the OVER in Ottawa on Thursday.