Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks - 10/24/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (1-4-1) at Minnesota Wild (4-1-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -143 / Anaheim Ducks +129 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, FSN
The Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild square off Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Anaheim Ducks need a victory here after a rough 1-4-1 start to the season. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on 5.6 percent of their power plays. Mike Santorelli leads Anaheim with one goal, Rickard Rakell has one assist and Cam Fowler has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 88.2 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed six goals on 114 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up nine goals on 72 shots. Anderson has allowed two or less goals in five straight regular season games. Nate Thompson and Simon Despres are questionable.
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The Minnesota Wild look to build on their impressive 4-1-1 start to the season. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with six goals, Mikko Koivu has three assists and Jason Pominville has 20 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 14 goals on 135 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up two goals on 37 shots. Dubnyk has allowed three or more goals in four of his last six regular season outings.
The Ducks are 22-9 in their last 31 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games. The Ducks are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 10-1 in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Ducks have owned the Wild as of late and need a win in the worst way after a tough start to the season. I'll take a shot with Anaheim and the decent value on the plus money.