Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (28-20-11) at Minnesota Wild (31-20-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -125 / Anaheim Ducks +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, FSN
The Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Anaheim Ducks need a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 22 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 28 assists and Corey Perry has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 108 goals on 1,408 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 39 goals on 457 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.
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The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 26 goals, Ryan Suter has 30 assists and Jason Zucker has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 99 goals on 1,212 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 54 goals on 630 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Ducks are 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-9 in their last 13 vs. Central. The Wild are 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Pacific and 20-8 in their last 28 home games. The Ducks are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota, 12-5 in the last 17 meetings and the under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Anaheim Ducks have owned the Wild over the years, but Minnesota has been on the winning side in three of the last four meetings. The Ducks have also been inconsistent on the road this season, while the Minnesota Wild continue to be one of the top home teams in the league. We're getting the better team at home with a cheap price. Give me the Minnesota Wild.