Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (17-21-6) at Minnesota Wild (23-17-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Vancouver Canucks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, TSN
The Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a win here after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 22 goals, Henrik Sedin has 29 assists and Thomas Vanek has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 85 goals on 928 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 47 goals on 476 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 16 games.
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The Minnesota Wild look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Ryan Suter has 22 assists and Jason Zucker has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 71 goals on 866 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 47 goals on 545 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 10 games.
The Canucks are 1-6 in their last 7 road games, 11-40 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest and 19-42 in their last 61 overall. The Wild are 9-2 in their last 11 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild are in decent form right now and continue to produce victories on their home ice. The Vancouver Canucks are in awful form right now and a lot of those losses have taken place on the road. The Canucks are also brutal on the defensive side, allowing three or more goals in 14 of their last 16 games. I have to side with the Wild on their home ice.