Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators - 2/6/14
Nashville Predators (25-23-9) at Minnesota Wild (30-21-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -157 / Nashville Predators +143 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-TN, FS-N
A matchup of familiar teams in Minnesota as the Wild welcome the Nashville Predators to Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
Nashville enters Thursday’s tilt with the Wild after a shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues way back on February 1st. The 4-3 loss may have left a sour taste in the mouth of the Nashville team, but there is no doubt the Predators will be rested for the game against Minnesota. After the loss to St. Louis, Mike Fisher was quoted as saying the team would have liked to get two points, but that they’ll take the one. Fisher noted that the team is still in the fight for the playoffs, but being satisfied with one point against a division foe is not the mentality of a playoff team.
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Thursday’s game will be the final game for the Wild before the Olympic break, which means the team will likely play with a little extra focus to avoid entering the break with a loss. A win on Thursday would give the Wild two straight after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. In that game, the Wild surrendered 35 shots to the Lightning, but the Wild keeper, Darcy Kuemper, was a wall blocking 34 shots. Jared Spurgeon and Dany Heatley had goals for Minnesota as the Wild came away with a 2-1 win, improving a solid home mark to 20-7-2.
This game will be the fourth of five games between the Wild and Predators this season. Nashville won the first game, but Minnesota has taken the last two contests and held the Predators scoreless during those games. The Predators have won just one of the last five meetings with the Wild. I think the Predators are a dead dog, and will likely struggle with Minnesota at home. However, with the Wild taking two straight games against the Predators, I would rather stay away from the side here because of the likelihood of a revenge factor.
There is not a play in this game that strikes me as particularly strong, but with these two teams I think the under is worth a look. The under has gone 8-1-2 over the last 11 meetings between these two. The Under is also 4-0-1 in the last five Minnesota home games.