Blackhawks vs Red Wings Picks and Predictions for February 15

Updated: February 15, 2021

The Blackhawks have been inconsistent in generating offense, but they are far superior offensively to their opponent tonight, Detroit, which has topped two goals just three times in its last 12 games.

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The NHL betting board is packed with games on Monday night, including a showdown between Original Six rivals Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.

Chicago has owned this rivalry in recent years but these aren’t the same Blackhawks that won three Stanley Cups between 2010 and 2015.

With both teams building for the future, who will win tonight? We break down the NHL odds and let you know with our best free Blackhawks vs. Red Wings picks and predictions for Monday, February 15, with the puck dropping at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings betting preview


Blackhawks: Connor Murphy D (Out), Andrew Shaw C (Out), Brent Seabrook D (Out), Jonathan Toews C (Out), Kirby Dach C (Out), Alex Nylander LW (Out), Zack Smith LW (Out).
Red Wings: Darren Helm LW (Questionable), Tyler Bertuzzi LW (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last seven meetings with the Red Wings. Find more NHL betting trends for Blackhawks vs. Red Wings.

The line opened with Chicago favored at -135, with the total at 5.5. Early action favored the Blackhawks moving their line to -140. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Moneyline pick

The Red Wings are coming off a 4-2 win on the road in Nashville but even with that victory, Detroit is just 4-10-2 this season and has the second-worst goal differential in the league at minus-18.

The Blackhawks are fresh off an overtime win against Columbus and are 7-5-4. They’ve actually been very competitive since giving the starting goaltending job to rookie Kevin Lankinen, going 7-2-3 since a January 22 showdown with the Wings.

Chicago defeated Detroit by a score of 4-1 that night and followed up on that with another comfortable win against the Red Wings two nights later. 

Detroit has been awful in just about every phase of play. It ranks 22nd in the league in goals allowed per game with 3.19—and that’s actually one of their better rankings. They are second-last in the NHL in both scoring (2.06 goals per game) and on the power play, while ranking 27th on the penalty kill.

The Blackhawks have also struggled to score, averaging just 2.94 gpg, but in comparison to the Red Wings they may as well be the 1980s Edmonton Oilers. They also have an edge between the pipes with Lankinen.

It’s not every day you can fade the Red Wings at a decent price like -140 so don’t think twice about backing Chicago in this spot.

PREDICTION: Chicago (-140)

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Over/Under pick

We mentioned Lankinen already but we need to bring up the sensational rookie once again for our Over/Under wager. The 25-year-old is 6-2-3 with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage this year, and he looks every bit like the goalie that backstopped Finland to a Gold Medal at the 2019 World Cup. 

Lankinen was roughed up for six goals against the Blue Jackets last Thursday, but he’s generally been very consistent and bounced back with a strong performance on Saturday.

In two games against the Red Wings earlier this season, Lankinen turned aside 55 of 58 shots. He should be in for another good start tonight against a Detroit team that can’t find the back of the net, scoring two or fewer goals in nine of its last 12 games. 

That said, the Blackhawks haven’t exactly been consistent at generating offense themselves, tallying more than three goals just twice in their last 10 games.

With the Under 4-0 in Chicago’s last four games on the road, and the Under also 4-0 in Detroit’s previous four home contests, back it again tonight. 

PREDICTION: Under 5.5 (-115)

Blackhawks vs Red Wings betting card

  • Chicago (-140)
  • Under 5.5 (-115)

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