Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/18/21

Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/18/21 Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (2-0) at Anaheim Ducks (0-1-1)

NHL Hockey: Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Honda Center)

The Line: Anaheim Ducks +110 / Minnesota Wild -133 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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

The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after beating the Kings in back to back games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with one goal, Ryan Suter has two assists and Kevin Fiala has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed six goals on 67 shots faced.

The Anaheim Ducks need a win here after losing their first two games against Las Vegas. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Maxime Comtois leads Anaheim with three goals, Sam Steel has two assists and Rickard Rakell has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing five goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up six goals on 61 shots faced.

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The Wild are 10-2 in their last 12 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. The Ducks are 2-8 in their last 10 Monday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in Ducks last 7 Monday games. The Wild are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Anaheim and 8-17 in the last 25 meetings.

The Anaheim Ducks have had the upper hand over the Wild over the years, but they didn't look good at either end of the ice in their first two games. The Minnesota Wild have been extremely sharp offensive out of the gate and one would assume Talbot is going to improve in net as the season drags out. The Wild have also been money on the road dating back to the end of last season. Bottom line here, is the Wild are the more trustworthy team at the moment. I'll lay the rather cheap juice with the road team.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -133

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

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