Canadiens vs. Wild - 3/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (31-27-10) at Montreal Canadiens (32-30-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens clash early Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The Minnesota Wild look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Charlie Coyle leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Zach Parise has 22 assists and Thomas Vanek has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 76.2 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 122 goals on 1,476 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 37 goals on 471 shots. Dubnyk has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Montreal Canadiens also need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power plays. Alex Galchenyuk leads Montreal with 25 goals, Max Pacioretty has 26 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 109 goals on 1,163 shots faced and Ben Scrivens has given up 31 goals on 316 shots. Condon has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Canadiens are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 6-21 in their last 27 vs. Western Conference. The Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal.
Both teams have been very inconsistent as of late, but the Canadiens have really had success at home as of late. Minnesota also struggles playing in Montreal. I'll side with the home team here.