Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators - 3/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Nashville Predators (32-25-8) at Minnesota Wild (32-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -115 / Nashville Predators +104 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: FSN+, FSTN
The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Nashville Predators need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Roman Josi has 45 assists and Craig Smith has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 97 goals on 973 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 93 goals on 1,001 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 18 games.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 23 goals, Ryan Suter has 37 assists and Eric Staal has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 823 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 84 goals on 938 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Predators are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Wild are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The under is 10-4 in Predators last 14 overall. The over is 5-2 in Wild last 7 overall. The Predators are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
The Nashville Predators should be eager for a bounce back performance after getting blasted last night by the Oilers, and they should like their chances considering they've won seven straight agains the Wild while outscoring them 10-2 in the last three meetings. Home ice hasn't meant much to the Minnesota Wild lately and they're not a team I trust all that much in the favorite role. I'll take the Preds and the plus money based on the one-sided history between these two teams.