The Minnesota Wild (23-23-5) travel to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights (31-15-6) on Monday, February 12th. This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Wild vs Golden Knights
The Minnesota Wild Are Coming Off A Win
On the year, Minnesota has gone 23-23-5 and is currently in 12th place in the Western Conference. Against the rest of the West, the Wild have gone 9-13 and are 6th in the Central Division. Over their last ten games, Minnesota has gone 6-4, and they have won three straight games as the underdog.
Minnesota has been the underdog in 28 of their 51 games this season and have gone 8-17-3 in those games. On the road, the Wild have gone 10-12-2 and have won three straight games away from home.
On the season, Minnesota has gone 26-25 against the puck line, including 17-11 as the underdog. So far, the Wild have 14 wins by multiple goals and have dropped 15 games by more than one goal.
Over their last 10 games, Minnesota has gone just 5-5 against the puck line and 2-3 in their last five games on the road. As the underdog, the Wild are 9-14 against the puck line this season, but they have won three straight games vs. the puck line when getting the +1.5.
In their most recent game, the Wild faced the Penguins and came out victorious with a score of 3-2. Against the Penguins, the Wild’s offense scored in all three periods. Out of Minnesota’s three goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 30 shots on goal and had four giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, Minnesota managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
The Vegas Golden Knights Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Golden Knights have been dominant, going 19-5-2, including a current four-game winning streak. In the Western Conference standings, the Golden Knights are in third place and have a record of 31-15-6.
Over their last ten games, Vegas has gone 7-3, and they have won two straight games as the favorite. For the year, the Golden Knights have been favored in 32 of their 52 games and have a record of 19-9-4 in those games.
At home, Vegas has gone 15-11 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin in those games is +1.2 goals per game. So far, the Golden Knights have been favored in 32 games and have a puck line record of 12-20 in those contests.
Overall, the team’s puck line record is 27-25, and they have 18 wins by multiple goals. In their last ten home games, the Knights are 8-2 against the puck line.
The Golden Knights are coming off a 3-2 road win over the Coyotes. On offense, the Golden Knights scored three times in the first period, but that was all the scoring they could come up with for the game. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 34 shots on goal and had 9 turnovers.
Although Vegas secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 5.5.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Wild come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 21st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 21st in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Wild offense is 13th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 25th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Wild’s stands at 24-23-4. They have had 28 games during the season that exceeded the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Golden Knights Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Golden Knights are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 12th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. Coming into the game, the Golden Knights have a 14-10 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 16-5.
The Golden Knights’ over/under record this season is 23-29-0. For the season, they have had 27 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 5.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Minnesota Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Wild head into the game ranked 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.3 shots per game against Minnesota. So far, they are 17th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Vegas Team Defense
Defensively, the Golden Knights come into the season ranked 11th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Vegas. For the season, they are ranked 19th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Wild vs Golden Knights Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Minnesota has an puck line record of just 5-5. However, their overall record was 6-4 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Although Vegas has a straight up record of 8-2 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 8-2. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- The last ten games that Vegas was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 7-3 while going 6-4 straight up.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Wild have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 0-3.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Golden Knights to take down the Wild at home. With the moneyline currently at -149, I’m placing my bet on the Golden Knights straight-up.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Wild to cover. Even in the event of a Golden Knights victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Wild should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 5.5 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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