Vancouver Canucks (38-28-6) at Minnesota Wild (36-29-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:45 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -111 / Vancouver Canucks -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks meet Friday in game four of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.
The Minnesota Wild need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Sunday. The Minnesota Wild are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Kevin Fiala leads Minnesota with three goals, Eric Staal has four assists and Matt Dumba has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.33 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Stalock has allowed seven goals on 85 shots faced.
The Vancouver Canucks look for a third straight victory while closing out this series and advancing to the next round. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.33 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with two goals, Quinn Hughes has four assists and Elias Pettersson has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing two goals per game and are killing 88.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up five goals on 92 shots faced.
The Canucks are 8-20 in their last 28 playoff games as an underdog, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games. The Wild are 7-0 in their last 7 Friday games, 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The over is 15-5-1 in Canucks last 21 overall. The under is 9-4-1 in Wild last 14 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 13-5-3 in the last 21 meetings.
Since getting shutout in game one on Sunday, the Canucks have responded by winning the next two games by a combined score of 7-3, which includes a shutout yesterday in game three. The Wild were playing the better hockey coming into the bubble, but the Canucks have all the momentum, have picked up their defense and Markstrom is somebody who is gaining confidence by the period in his first postseason action.
I like what I'm seeing from the Canucks as of late. I'll side with Vancouver to close out this series.