Free NHL Picks Today: Seattle Kraken vs Detroit Red Wings 2/18/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Seattle Kraken vs Detroit Red Wings 2/18/23
Sat 18th February 2023

The Detroit Red Wings (26-20-8) will be out to prolong their winning run when they are on the road to face the Seattle Kraken (31-18-6) at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday. Detroit is coming off a 5-2 win over the Flames on Thursday, their fifth consecutive win.

The Red Wings committed only two penalties in the game, holding Calgary without a power play goal. Dominik Kubalik was the top goalscorer for the Red Wings with two goals.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin both had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Magnus Hellberg had a great performance with 33 saves (.942%) in the win.Seattle beat the Flyers 6-2 on Thursday. Yanni Gourde scored twice to lead the Kraken. Philipp Grubauer stopped only 17 of 19 shots (.894%).


The teams split their two meetings last season, the last of which was a 4-2 victory for the Kraken in March. Gourde (2G 0A) and Vince Dunn (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Seattle. Taro Hirose and Joe Veleno were on the scoresheet for Detroit. Grubauer got the win, saving 21 of 23 shots (.913%).


Detroit is averaging 3.11 goals per game for the season, 19th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Kraken team that is allowing 3.07 goals a game (16th).

Meanwhile, Seattle has found the net 3.51 times a game on average, fourth in the league, and the Red Wings are allowing opponents to score 3.19 goals per game (19th).

Detroit averages fewer shots (29.0) than most teams in the league, ranking 29th, though the team’s 10.9% shooting percentage is eighth. Seattle has proven to be one of the league’s least successful shot-stopping teams, ranking No. 28 with a team save percentage of .895%.

The Red Wings’ 21.93% power play percentage ranks 14th in the league, while the Kraken are 19th with a conversion rate of 20.62%. Seattle has been poor at penalty killing, as the home team possesses the league’s second-lowest PK% at 71.60%. Detroit’s 77.71% ranks 18th in the NHL.


With 55 points this season, Larkin is the top skater for the Red Wings. He has 21 goals and 34 assists in 53 games. In the net, Ville Husso (21-12-5) is Detroit’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 2.91 GAA and a .905% save percentage. Jordan Eberle (42 points), Dunn (40), and Jared McCann (39) lead the Kraken in scoring. Eberle has 11 goals and 31 assists, while Dunn has nine goals and 31 assists in 55 games.

McCann has 26 goals and 13 assists. Grubauer (6-9-3) has the best goals against average for Seattle at 2.91. He has a save percentage of .900%. Martin Jones (23-9-3) has played the most games in net for the Kraken this season. He has a 2.92 GAA and a .891% save percentage.


Detroit is pursuing a fourth straight road win this season. Seattle is 14-10-3 at Climate Pledge Arena this season.

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Seattle Kraken (-175)

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