Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild Prediction 3/14/2024

The Anaheim Ducks (23-39-3) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (32-27-7) on Thursday, March 14th. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and televised on ESPN+. The Wild are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Ducks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Blackhawks. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.

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The Anaheim Ducks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

On the season, the Ducks are 23-39-3 and sit in 14th place in the Western Conference. In the Pacific Division, Anaheim is in 7th place with a record of 5-11.

Over their last ten games, the Ducks have gone 3-7 and have lost three straight games. As the underdog this season, Anaheim has gone 20-34-3.

On the road this season, the Ducks have gone 18-13 vs. the puck line and have gone 6-4 vs. the puck line in their last ten road games. So far, the team’s average scoring margin on the road is at -1.0 goals per game.

So far, the Ducks have gone 32-25 vs. the puck line as the underdog, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is at -1.1 goals per game. In their last ten games, the team’s puck line record is at 5-5.

Following a 7-2 loss on the road to the Blackhawks, the Ducks are eager to bounce back. Offensively, the Ducks scored one goal in the first period and one time in the second period. For the game, the Anaheim offense took 29 shots on goal and scored one time while short handed.

Anaheim entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 9 goals.

The Minnesota Wild Are Coming Off A Win

At home this season, the Minnesota Wild have been solid, going 17-12-4. Over their last ten games, they have a record of 6-4 and have won two straight games. In the Western Conference, the Wild are currently in 10th place and are 6th in the Central Division.

So far this season, Minnesota has been favored in 30 of their 66 games and have gone 20-7-3 in those games. Against Western Conference opponents, the Wild have a record of 18-17.

Minnesota comes into this game with an overall puck line record of 35-31. So far, they have 21 wins by multiple goals and 11 wins by just one goal. In their 66 games as the underdog, the Wild have gone 23-13 vs. the puck line.

Overall, Minnesota has an average scoring margin of -.1 goals per game. In their 30 games as the favorite, the Wild have a scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. In their last ten games at home, the Wild have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.

In their most recent game, the Wild faced the Coyotes and came out victorious with a score of 4-1. Offensively, the Wild’s offense scored in each period against the Coyotes. Of Minnesota’s four goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 31 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.

Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Minnesota also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. Combining for 5 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.

Anaheim Offense Breakdown

In terms of their offensive performance, the Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game this season, putting them in the 30th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 30th in the league. So far this year, the Ducks are 4-16 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 17-20 in games with fewer shots on goal.

The Ducks come in with an over/under record of 31-31-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 34 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.2 per game.

Wild Offense Breakdown

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For their offensive performance, the Wild come in averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, which is 15th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 18th in the league. This year, the Wild have recorded a 18-12 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 13-15 record.

The Wild’s over/under record this season is 32-30-4. Last season, they had 51 games failed to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games averaged 5.7 goals per game.

Anaheim Team Defense

Entering the game, the Ducks’ defense ranks 27th in takeaways, averaging 5.9 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 7th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game.

Minnesota Team Defense

Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 16th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 22nd in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Ducks vs Wild Trends

  • When looking at their past three road matchups, Anaheim has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
  • Through their last three home contests, the Wild offense has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing an average of 2. Minnesota posted an overall record of 3-0 while going 1-2 ATS.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Wild have gone 8-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 6-4.
  • Although the Ducks have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the puck line going 1-2.

Ducks vs Wild Prediction

If you’re interested in a pure moneyline wager, then the Wild is the preferred option. However, with a payout of -276, it might be worth considering this bet as a component of a larger parlay.

When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Ducks to cover. Even in the event of a Wild victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Ducks should cover the puck line.

When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.

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