Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8) at Minnesota Wild (35-27-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +100 / Vegas Golden Knights -120 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: ATT-RM, FS-North, FS-North (Wisconsin)
The Vegas Golden Knights and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 3-2 overtime win over Edmonton last time out. Jonathan Marchessault led the way for Vegas with a goal and an assist while Shea Theodore and Nicolas Roy got their names on the score sheet as well. Nate Schmidt, Reilly Smith and Alec Martinez each had an assist in the victory while Max Pacioretty was held scoreless but led the Golden Knights with 7 shots on goal. Marchessault and William Karlsson each had 6 shots on goal while Theodore and Paul Stastny each contributed 5 shots on target. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win to improve to 27-16-5 on the year after stopping 22 of 24 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Minnesota Wild will try to build on a 5-4 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks in their last outing. Kevin Fiala led the charge with a pair of goals and a team-high 5 shots on goal while Alex Galchenyul added a goal and an assist. Victor Rask and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal as well while Marcus Foligno, Luke Kunin, Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon and Zach Parise all chipped in an assist in the winning effort with Kunin, Parise, Ryan Hartman and Mikko Koivu each putting up 3 shots on target. Devan Dubnyk got the win to improve to 12-15-2 on the year after stopping 22 of 26 shots faced in the winning effort.
Vegas is 11-2 in their last 13 games overall and 8-0 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Minnesota is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Pacific division while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 3+ days rest. The underdog is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and Vegas is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
The Golden Knights have been extremely kind to me lately, winning 11 of their last 13, so getting them at a low price is tempting. However, Minnesota is in dire need of wins to keep pace for the second wild card spot, and there aren’t many more opportunities for the Wild to make up ground in the hunt. The Wild have played their best hockey by far on home ice and have had the upper hand on Vegas winning 6 of the last 8 meetings, so I’ll take a shot with Minnesota to get the win at home as a dog here.