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Wild vs. Hurricanes - 2/14/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes (19-27-7) at Minnesota Wild (27-20-7)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -180 / Carolina Hurricanes +162 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSS, FSN

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Carolina Hurricanes have split their last 10 games and begin a two-game road trip. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have two power play goals in their last five games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Eric Staal leads Carolina with 17 goals, Justin Faulk has 22 assists and Jeff Skinner has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in three straight games. Cam Ward has allowed 86 goals on 981 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 45 goals on 495 shots.

Wild vs. Hurricanes - 2/14/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Wild hope to keep things rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have three power play goals in their last three games and have won three straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Zach Parise leads Minny with 22 goals, Jason Pominville has 29 assists and Jason Zucker has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in eight straight games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 675 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 51 goals on 452 shots.

The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-21 in their last 29 road games. The Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan and 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The Hurricanes are 2-5-1 in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota and the home team is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings.

The Wild have been killing things over the last couple of weeks and the Hurricanes remain flat out awful on the road. Combine those two facts and you have to like the Wild winning this game rather easily. Take the spread to give your bet a little more value. 

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Minnesota Wild -1.5

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