Anaheim Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (34-27-7) at Anaheim Ducks (28-32-8)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Honda Center)

The Line: Anaheim Ducks / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under:

TV: PRIT, FSN

The Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Honda Center.

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 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 25 goals, Ryan Suter has 39 assists and Eric Staal has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 823 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 91 goals on 1,048 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 17 games.

The Anaheim Ducks need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Adam Henrique leads Anaheim with 25 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 28 assists and Rickard Rakell has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 149 goals on 1,552 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 57 goals on 613 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 20 games.

The Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Anaheim and 11-3-1 in the last 15 meetings.

The road team has won eight of the last nine meetings between the Wild and Ducks. The Minnesota Wild may be on the end of a back to back, but they're playing easily the better hockey entering this contest and are far more trustworthy on the defensive side. The Anaheim Ducks have been hit or miss all season and are just one of those teams I don't look to get behind much. I'm going with the Wild on the road. 

Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.