- The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, January 28th
- The Pens are heavy home favorites in the Friday NHL odds
- Read below for Red Wings vs Penguins odds, predictions and best NHL pick
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to continue their success at PPG Paints Arena when they host the Detroit Red Wings in Friday NHL action on January 28th. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM EST. Pittsburgh is listed as heavy home favorites in the Red Wings vs Penguins Friday NHL odds. The Pens are one of the league’s best home teams and haven’t lost to the Red Wings since 2019.
Let’s take a look at the Red Wings vs Penguins odds and offer you our best NHL bet prediction.
Red Wings vs Penguins Odds
|Game Time||Team||Puck Line||Total||Moneyline|
|7:00pm ET||Detroit Red Wings||+1.5 (-130)||O 6 (-120)||+185|
|January 28th, 2022||Pittsburgh Penguins||-1.5 (+110)||U 6 (+100)||-230|
Odds as of January 27th at Barstool Sportsbook
The game total is set at 6, with the Penguins available to win by two goals on the puckline at +110. Pittsburgh has the seventh-best Stanley Cup odds, while Detroit ranks bottom-10.
Penguins Heavy Favorites in Friday NHL Odds
It should come as no surprise that Pittsburgh is heavily favored to beat Detroit at home on Friday. The Pens are 13-5-2 at PPG Paints Arena this season, including a 2-1 OT loss to Seattle on Thursday.
Pittsburgh is 21-7 as the betting favorite in the NHL odds this season. They sit near the top of the Metropolitan Division standings due to a solid balance of offense and defense. The Pens have the fourth-best GAA in the NHL (2.55), while their offense ranks seventh (3.41 GF/GP).
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 27, 2022
Pittsburgh is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and haven’t lost in regulation at home in over two months. Captain Sidney Crosby is red-hot with six goals in his last five games, while defenseman Kris Letang has gotten on the scoresheet in all but one of Pittsburgh’s 13 contests.
Pittsburgh starting goalie Tristan Jarry is a candidate in the Vezina odds, but he played Thursday night against Seattle. This means backup Casey Desmith could start against Detroit on Friday. DeSmith is 3-3-1 with a .886 save percentage and 2.58 GAA,
Do Red Wings Offer Road Underdog Value?
Anytime a favored NHL team is playing the second half of a back-to-back, you always want to consider the underdog. Detroit is a heavy despite holding a rest advantage over Pittsburgh. The Red Wings lost 8-5 to the Blackhawks in their last game Wednesday.
Detroit has managed just two victories in their past nine games, which is why they are listed as such heavy underdogs in the Friday NHL odds. The Red Wings are not a team you want to target on the road, as they own a 5-12-3 record away from Little Caesars Arena in Michigan.
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— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 27, 2022
Detroit’s struggles are primarily due to defense, as the Red Wings are one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL. Detroit has allowed at least four goals in three straight games and ranks 25th in the league in goals against (3.40 GAA).
The Red Wings have some decent weapons on offense, including Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. Both players have reached the 20-goal mark and are producing at point-per-game rates. Rookies Luca Raymond (11G) and Moritz Seider (27 PTS) have also been brights spots.
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Red Wings vs Penguins Pick & Prediction
The Red Wings vs Penguins odds tell a tale of two teams trending in opposite directions. Do you dare bet against a Pittsburgh team that hasn’t lost in regulation at home since November? Not to mention, the Pens have dominated this rivalry over the last couple years.
Red Wings vs Penguins Recent Results
|02/16/2021||PIT 5 – DET 1||PIT||PIT||Push|
|01/17/2020||DET 1 – PIT 2 OT||PIT||DET||Under|
|12/07/2019||DET 3 – PIT 5||PIT||PIT||Over|
|04/04/2019||PIT 4 – DET 1||PIT||PIT||Under|
|04/02/2019||DET 4 – PIT 1||DET||DET||Under|
Where it gets interesting is the back-to-back situation for Pittsburgh and the fact Jarry has been vastly superior to his backup this season. This will be Pittsburgh’s third game in four nights, and the Pens are only 1-5 in their last six games in that scenario.
The “over” is 5-1 in the Pens last six games playing on 0 days rest, however, which makes the game total the most appealing play. Pittsburgh will score vs this leaky Detroit defense, while the Red Wings can net a few of their own facing a fatigued Pens team.
If the Penguins start Jarry, this play loses value, so try to get goalie confirmation. It’s very likely DeSmith will get the nod, however, to give Jarry a rest. Bet over six goals to be scored in Red Wings vs Penguins in the Friday NHL odds.
Pick: Over 6 (-120)
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