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After a six-game winning streak, the Minnesota Wild had two humbling losses to the Vegas Golden Knights to bring them back to the middle of the West Division. They now will hope to shake off the 2 defeats as they will travel to Arizona to face the Coyotes who just came off a strong win against the Kings on the road. Both teams have been pleasant surprises this season and this should be an entertaining game between two promising teams.
Wild have found young scorers this season
The Wild have impressed this season, winning 12 of the first 20 games to give them the 3rd best record in the West Division. This season, the Wild have been led by their young core of goal scorers. 24-year-old Joel Eriksson EK has 8 goals this season while 23-year-old Kirill Kaprizov has 6 goals and 11 assists this season to put him in the discussion for the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year).
Moose is loose!
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 4, 2021
While the offense is led by the young core, the defense is led by a veteran bunch. 31-year-old Ian Cole and 27-year-old Jonas Brodin have combined for 2.4 defensive point shares and 62 blocked shots while the pairing of Carson Soucy and Matt Dumba have combined for 2.2 defensive point shares and 46 blocked shots. In addition, the goaltending duo of Kaapo Kahkonen and Cam Talbot has been a pleasant surprise as the duo is only allowing 2.5 goals per game.
Coyotes are finding their depth on offense
The Arizona Coyotes have been in the middle of the pack this season in the West Division but they have been led by a deep-scoring offense. Five of their forwards have 7 goals or more with Christain Dvorak leading the way with 9 goals. The Coyotes are also finding offense from their 22-year-old defenseman Jakob Chychrun, who has 5 goals on the season.
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— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) March 4, 2021
Speaking of Jakob Chychrun, he is part of an improving defense that has two strong pairings. Chychrun and Alex Goligoski have combined for 2 defensive point shares and 79 blocked shots while Jordan Oesterle and Niklas Hjalmarsson have combined for 2.2 defensive point shares and 68 blocked shots. In addition, Darcy Kuemper has led the way as the starting goaltender only allowing 2.4 goals per game.
Coyotes are 6-16 in their last 22 games following a win.
Coyotes are 2-6 in their last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Coyotes are 2-7 in their last 9 Friday games.
Coyotes are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home underdog.
Coyotes are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
Wild are 9-1 in their last 10 Friday games.
Wild are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Wild are 9-2 in their last 11 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Coyotes are the home team and after a road win, one would think that they can carry the momentum into the game against the Wild. However, the Wild should be able to return to their winning ways after the humbling losses. The Wild can look for Kaprizov to continue to crash the net and outskate the Coyotes defense to set up scoring opportunities for the rest of the Wild offense. Likewise, the Wild should be able to hold the Coyotes offense with their deep defense and ability to constantly eliminate changes in the zone. The Wild should win this game and potentially run away with it at the end.
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Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams possess depth on the defensive side and are built to shutout any offense. While the instincts are to bet the Under, this is a game where the floodgates should open. The Coyotes should be able to find scoring from the point with Chychrun or in the crease with Dvorak or Connor Garland. Likewise, the Wild can rely on Kaprizov to create scoring opportunities with the rest of the offense hitting its stride. Expect the Over to cover with both offenses taking off in this game.