Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights

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Two of the top teams in the NHL Western Division face off Wednesday night as the Minnesota Wild travel to Vegas to face the Golden Knights. The Golden Knights are on a three-game winning streak, while the Wild are looking to bounce back to split the series with Vegas after losing in overtime last night. Minnesota had a six-game winning streak going into last night’s game, and will look to pick it back up.

Wild Look to Re-Ignite Winning Ways

After winning six straight games, the Wild fell in a heartbreaker in overtime to Vegas last night. They scored all four of their goals in the second period and held a two-goal advantage going into the third, where Vegas tied it up before winning in overtime.

Three of Minnesota’s goals came from plain old persistence and swarming the net, putting in rebounds and simply overwhelming Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The fourth was a beautiful bar-down snipe by Marcus Foligno, who ended the night with two goals to his name. Nick Bonino and Jordan Greenway each had one apiece. Kirill Kaprizov leads the team with 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists).

Minnesota averages 3.21 goals per game, and allows an average of 2.58 per game. Their offensive success has come in spite of their power play performance, which ranks dead last in the league at 7.9%. Their penalty kill, however, is in the top 10 at 82.6%.

Vegas Trying to Hold Onto Top Spot in Division

Last night’s win over Minnesota gives Vegas three straight victories. Marc-Andre Fleury had a rare bad outing, allowing four goals to a strong Wild attack, but the offense was able to bail him out.

They fell behind 4-2 in the second period, but were able to hold off the Wild for the third and tied the game with two goals to force overtime. Max Pacioretty had two goals, including the game-winner, along with an assist for three points. Mark Stone posted five assists, and leads the team with 22 points (four goals, 18 assists).

Vegas ranks eighth in the NHL with 27 points. They score an average of 3.11 goals per game, and allow 2.17 per game, the second-based rate in the league. They’re right in the middle of the pack with a 20.7% success rate on the power play, and the fourth-best penalty kill rate at 87.5%. Marc-Andre Fleury continues solid play and is one of the best goalies in the league, with a 1.77 GAA, and 93.503% save percentage.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

This isn’t your typical Minnesota Wild team. They’re coming together, having fun, and absolutely overwhelming defenses at the net. Posting four goals on Marc-Andre Fleury is no joke, and their style of play is simply rugged, and effective. This will be a close game, Minnesota covers the spread.

Prediction:
Minnesota +1.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Minnesota has scored four or more goals in five of their last six games, including a powerful performance against Fleury last night. Las Vegas is strong in their own right, and this game will be another high-scoring affair. Go with the over.

Prediction:
Over 5.5