The Minnesota Wild (9-10-4) travel to face off against the Vancouver Canucks (16-9-1) on Thursday, December 7th. This game will be played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and televised on BSN. The Wild are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Canucks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Devils. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks
The Minnesota Wild Are Coming Off A Win
In their 23 games, the Wild have a 9-10-4 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 5-4-2 record, and their record on the road is 4-6-2. Their current record places them 7th in the Western Central division and 11th in the Western conference. This season, Minnesota’s average scoring margin is -0.3, which has their puck line record at 13-10. Their average home scoring margin is -0.3, and in road games, it stands at -0.3.
The Wild are coming off a 5-2 road win over the Flames. Against the Flames, the Wild’s offense scored in all three periods. Out of Minnesota’s five goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 29 shots on goal and had five giveaways.
Entering the game as the underdog, Minnesota came away with a victory against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
The Vancouver Canucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Facing the Wild, the Canucks have a record of 16-9-1 so far. At home, their record is 8-3-1 and 8-6-0 on the road. Their current record places them 3rd in the Western Pacific division and 4th in the Western conference. This season, Vancouver’s average scoring margin is +1.2, which has their puck line record at 17-9. Their average home scoring margin is +1.7, and in road games, it stands at +.8.
The Canucks are looking to bounce back from a 6-5 loss at home to the Devils. Against the Devils, the Canucks scored two goals in the first period and three times in the 3rd period. Of Vancouver’s five goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 33 shots on goal and 10 giveaways.
Vancouver took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The combined total of 11 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 7 goals for the game.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game this season, putting them in the 20th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 24th in the league. The Minnesota offense is ranked 19th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 21st in the NHL.
The Wild’s over/under record this season is 13-9-1. For the season, they have had 13 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.8 goals per game.
Vancouver Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Canucks come into the game at 3.9 goals per contest placing 1st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 16th position in the league. This year, the Canucks have recorded a 9-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 7-5 record.
The Canucks come in with an over/under record of 16-8-2. Over the season, there have been 18 games that have surpassed the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.6 goals per game.
Minnesota Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Wild head into the game ranked 26th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. So far, they are 22nd in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Vancouver Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Canucks head into the game ranked 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Vancouver. So far, they are 8th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Wild vs Canucks Trends
- Minnesota has a 2-3 record in their last five road games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-2.
- Through their last ten home games, Vancouver has an puck line record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 6-4 while averaging 4 goals per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Canucks have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 2-3.
- The Wild have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Canucks to come out with a win against the Wild while playing at home. Considering the moneyline odds at -135, I’m placing my bet on the Canucks to win outright.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Wild to cover. Even if the Canucks manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Wild 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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