The Minnesota Wild (19-21-5) travel to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes (25-14-5) on Sunday, January 21st. This game will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 5:00 ET.
Wild vs Hurricanes
The Minnesota Wild Are Coming Off A Win
Heading into tonight’s game, the Wild are 13th in the Western Conference with a record of 19-21-5. In the Central Division, Minnesota is in 7th place. On the road this season, the Wild have gone 8-12-2.
Over their last ten games, Minnesota has gone just 3-7. In games against other Western Conference opponents, the Wild have gone 8-11 this season.
Minnesota comes into the game with an average scoring differential of -.4 goals per game. So far, the Wild have had 12 wins by multiple goals and 7 wins by just one goal.
Overall, the team’s puck line record is 23-22, and they have gone 15-11 against the puck line as the underdog. In their last ten games, the Wild have gone just 3-7 against the puck line.
The Wild recently played against the Panthers and secured a win with a score of 6-4. Against the Panthers, Wild’s offense was able to score in all three periods. Minnesota’s five power-play goals contributed to their total of 6 goals. Their offensive performance came with 26 shots on goal and four giveaways.
Going into the game, Minnesota was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 10 goals.
The Carolina Hurricanes Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Hurricanes have been tough to beat, going 13-4-4 on the year. In the Eastern Conference, Carolina is currently in 5th place and 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, the Hurricanes have been on a roll, winning eight of their last ten.
Overall, Carolina has a record of 25-14-5 and has been favored in 40 of their 44 games this season. When favored, the Hurricanes have gone 24-11-5. Against other Eastern Conference teams, Carolina has a record of 17-9 this season.
Carolina enters this game with a puck line record of 17-27 on the year, including going 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games. So far this season, the Hurricanes have 16 wins by multiple goals and have gone 15-25 against the puck line when favored.
At home, the Hurricanes have gone just 9-12 against the puck line this season and have an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the team has gone just 4-6 against the puck line.
The Hurricanes most recently faced the Red Wings at home and achieved a 4-2 win. In all three periods, the Hurricanes’ offense found the net against the Red Wings. Of Carolina’s four goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 30 shots on goal and 27 giveaways.
Carolina also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 6 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 22nd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 18th in the league. Looking at how the Wild’s offense is performing during power plays, they are 14th in power play goals and 22nd in shorthanded goals.
The Wild come in with an over/under record of 22-19-4. Over the season, there have been 23 games that have surpassed the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.4 goals per game.
Hurricanes Offense Breakdown
The Hurricanes come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 8th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 5th in the league. The Carolina offense is ranked 3rd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 6th in the NHL.
The Hurricanes’ over/under record this season is 22-21-1. For the season, they have had 23 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.5 goals per game.
Minnesota Team Defense
Minnesota defense takes on the Hurricanes ranked 20th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 12th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Carolina Team Defense
The Hurricanes defense is currently 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.3 shots per game against Carolina. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 17th with 2 shutouts.
Wild vs Hurricanes Trends
- Through their last five road games, Minnesota has an puck line record of just 1-4. However, their overall record was 2-3 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, Carolina has an puck line record of 4-6 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 5-5 overall in these games.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Carolina has an puck line mark of 7-3 while going 4-6 straight up.
- Although the Wild 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.
For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Hurricanes are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -202, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Wild to cover. Even in the event of a Hurricanes victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Wild should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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