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Wild vs. Coyotes - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes (16-23-4) at Minnesota Wild (19-19-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -185 / Arizona Coyotes +166 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ, FSN

The Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild play Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Arizona Coyotes have lost three straight games and begin an eight-game road trip. The Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Arizona Coyotes have scored three power play goals in their last five games and have won four straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Mikkel Boedker leads Arizona with 14 goals, Antoine Vermette has 18 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Coyotes are allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Mike Smith has allowed 92 goals on 797 shots faced and Devan Dubnyk has given up 47 goals on 561 shots.

Wild vs. Coyotes - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Wild are dead last in the Central with losses in six of their last seven games. The Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won three of their last four games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zach Parise and Jason Zucker have combined for 30 goals, Jason Pominville has 27 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 661 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has give up 51 goals on 452 shots.

The Coyotes are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Wild are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Not sure how anybody can back the Wild and the insane chalk given that they can't buy a win as of late. This is more of a toss up with the way both teams have been stinking it up, and I'll take a shot with the line that's giving me 1.5 times my money. 

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Arizona Coyotes +166

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