Free NHL Picks Today: Detroit Red Wings vs Columbus Blue Jackets 1/14/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Detroit Red Wings vs Columbus Blue Jackets 1/14/23
Sat 14th January 2023

The Columbus Blue Jackets (12-27-2) will be out to halt their losing streak when they travel to take on the Detroit Red Wings (18-15-7) at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday. Columbus is coming off a high-scoring 6-2 loss against the Hurricanes on Thursday, their third defeat in a row.

The Blue Jackets committed five penalties in the game, though they held Carolina without a power play goal. Sean Kuraly and Johnny Gaudreau both scored once for the Blue Jackets. Joonas Korpisalo only had 35 saves on 41 shots against (.853%) in the loss. Detroit beat the Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday.

Four players found the net for the Red Wings. Lucas Raymond scored and provided two assists to lead the team in scoring. Ville Husso was impressive in the win, making 32 saves (.969%).


The Red Wings have won both games between the teams this season, including a 4-2 victory in their most recent meeting in December. Olli Maatta, David Perron, and Filip Hronek each had two points (0G 2A) to lead Detroit. Boone Jenner led Columbus with two points (0G 2A). Husso got the win, saving 32 of 34 shots (.941%).


Columbus is averaging 2.54 goals per game for the season, 30th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Red Wings team that is allowing 3.32 goals a game (20th).

Meanwhile, Detroit has found the net 3.10 times a game on average, 20th in the league, and the Blue Jackets are allowing opponents to score 3.98 goals per game (31st).

Columbus averages fewer shots per game (28.8) than most teams in the league, ranking 29th, while the team’s 8.9% shooting percentage is 28th. Detroit’s average of 29.2 attempts ranks 26th.

The Blue Jackets’ 15.74% power play percentage is the second-lowest in the league, while the Red Wings rank 21st with a conversion rate of 20.55%. When it comes to defending power plays, Columbus has the league’s 19th-ranked PK% at 75.74%, while Detroit is 20th at 75.61%.


With 39 points this season, Gaudreau is the top skater for the Blue Jackets. He has 12 goals and 27 assists in 41 games. In the net, Korpisalo (6-7-1) is Columbus’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.10 GAA and a .913% save percentage.

Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wings in scoring with 37 points. He has 14 goals and 23 assists. Husso (13-8-5) has the best goals against average for Detroit at 3.03. He has a save percentage of .901%.


Columbus is looking to avoid an 11th straight road loss this season. Detroit is 11-8-3 at Little Caesars Arena this season.

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