Free NHL Picks Today: Winnipeg Jets vs Detroit Red Wings 3/31/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Winnipeg Jets vs Detroit Red Wings 3/31/23
Fri 31st March 2023

The Winnipeg Jets (-255) welcome the Detroit Red Wings (+205) at Canada Life Centre on Friday. The total is 6 (O: -115, U: -105)Detroit (33-32-9) is playing the second of a back-to-back after earning a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes yesterday.

The Red Wings took advantage of their power play opportunities, scoring once on three shots while holding Carolina without a power play goal. Jake Walman, Dominik Kubalik, and Dylan Larkin scored one apiece for the Red Wings.

David Perron had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Alex Nedeljkovic had a great performance with 31 saves (.939%) in the win. Winnipeg (41-31-3) is playing the first of five games at home after a 3-0 loss against the Sharks on Tuesday. Connor Hellebuyck saved only 27 of 30 shots against (.900%) in the loss.


The Red Wings won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 7-5 victory in January. Moritz Seider led Detroit with four points (0G 4A). Four players had two points for Winnipeg. Ville Husso got the win despite saving only 32 of 37 shots (.864%).


Detroit is averaging 2.92 goals per game for the season, 24th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Jets team that is allowing 2.81 goals a game (10th).

Meanwhile, Winnipeg has found the net 2.93 times a game on average, 23rd in the league, and the Red Wings are allowing opponents to score 3.26 goals per game (20th).

The Red Wings’ 20.95% power play percentage ranks 16th in the league, while the Jets are 22nd with a conversion rate of 19.35%. Winnipeg has been stronger at penalty killing, boasting the league’s fifth-highest PK% at 82.87%. Detroit ranks 18th at 78.85%.


With 72 points this season, Larkin is the top skater for the Red Wings. He has 28 goals and 44 assists in 73 games. In the net, Husso (25-19-6) is Detroit’s top goaltender. He has a 3.02 GAA and a .899% save percentage.

Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey lead the Jets in scoring with 75 and 69 points, respectively. Connor has 28 goals and 47 assists, while Morrissey has 15 goals and 54 assists in 73 games. Hellebuyck (32-24-2) is the top goalie for Winnipeg with a goals against average of 2.60. He has a save percentage of .917%.


Detroit is 14-17-5 on the road this season. Winnipeg is 22-12-2 at Canada Life Centre this season. Meanwhile, the Red Wings are 6-7 without a day off and 5-6 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Jets are 6-2 with a rest advantage.

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Winnipeg Jets (-250)

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