Ottawa Senators vs. Minnesota Wild - 11/6/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (7-4-0) at Ottawa Senators (6-3-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, RDS
The Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators square off Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Minnesota Wild begin a three-game road trip and are right in the heart of the Central Division. While a balanced team, the Wild rely on an explosive offense that has produced four or more goals in five of their last six games. What’s crazy about those numbers is that the Wild are one of the worst power play teams in the league scoring just two all season. Still, the Minnesota Wild have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring three or more goals. Jason Zucker leads the Wild with five goals, Thomas Vanek has seven assists and Jason Pominville has 39 shots on goal. However, the Wild are going to truly miss Zach Parise. Defensively, Darcy Kuemper has allowed 16 goals on 206 shots and Niklas Backstrom has allowed five goals on 44 shots.
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The Ottawa Senators have lost four of their last six games and are in the middle of the Atlantic Division. The Senators are trying to find more consistent offense, as they’ve been held to two or less goals in three of their last six games. Four of the Senators six wins this season have come when they’ve scored three or more goals, and Ottawa has won 10 of its last 12 games when that’s the case. Clarke MacArthur leads the Senators with six goals, Kyle Turris has six assists and Erik Karlsson has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, Craig Anderson has allowed 13 goals on 214 shots and Robin Lehner has allowed 13 goals on 177 shots faced. The Ottawa Senators are a great power play team, scoring 20.5 percent of the time and killing power plays 84.4 percent.
The Wild are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-9 in their last 12 road games. The Senators are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 11-5 in their last 16 overall. The Wild are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings.
While the line is not out yet, it's hard to pick the Minensota Wild until we see how effective they can be without one of their top players in Zach Parise. Considering Ottawa needs a win to get back on track and has beaten up the Wild in the recent past, I'll take the Senators in this spot.