NHL Best Bets (10/16/23): Expert Predictions For Red Wings Vs. Blue Jackets

Get Red Wings Vs. Blue Jackets best bet for tonight’s NHL slate.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings have been lighting the lamp early on in the season. The team has recorded 9 goals in just 2 games, and offseason acquisition Alex DeBrincat has been a key component. The right winger leads the team with 3 goals early in the season, and it’s entirely possible that he breaks his career record of 41 if he keeps thriving in this offense. He shares the top line with Dylan Larkin (79 points last season) and Lucas Raymond (45 points last season).

The Columbus Blue Jackets are coming off an offensive showcase of their own, taking down the New York Rangers 5-3 thanks to a Boone Jenner hat trick. Leaving All Star goalie Igor Shesterkin with a .762 save percentage is a major achievement for any team, and Columbus is hoping to ride this wave coming into tonight’s matchup. Detroit will feature Ville Husso between the crease, who put up a subpar .896 save percentage with a 3.11 GAA last year. But things don’t look much better for Columbus, who will be starting former Vancouver goaltender Spencer Martin, fresh off recording a .871 save percentage with a 3.99 GAA this past season. Martin takes over for Elvis Merzlikins, who is battling a stomach illness. While the over is definitely tempting (over 7 is +120 on DraftKings right now), I believe that Detroit on the moneyline is the play tonight with a slightly better goaltender and superior talent overall.

Best Bet: Detroit Red Wings ML

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