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Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings - 3/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings (26-28-10) at Minnesota Wild (36-22-7)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 21 goals, Dylan Larkin has 38 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 124 goals on 1,408 shots faced. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.

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Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings - 3/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 33 goals, Ryan Suter has 37 assists and Jason Zucker has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 115 goals on 1,371 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 62 goals on 703 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Central, 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Wild are 19-7 in their last 26 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Red Wings are 36-15-3 in the last 54 meetings, the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 7-2-4 in the last 13 meetings.

The Detroit Red Wings are back in one of their funks and are asking an awful lot of goalie Jimmy Howard. The Minnesota Wild remain one of the better home teams in the league and continue to show up defensively, keeping them in every game. The Red Wings have had their way with the Wild over the years, but this current squad isn't in good form. You have to like Minnesota to get the job done on its home ice.

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