Minnesota Wild (6-6) at Anaheim Ducks (6-7-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks +110 / Minnesota Wild -133 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks meet Thursday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Minnesota Wild need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 6.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with five goals, Jordan Greenway has eight assists and Zach Parise has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 13 goals on 162 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 19 goals on 193 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 1.9 goals per game and are scoring on 8.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Comtois leads Anaheim with seven goals, Carter Rowney has six assists and Rickard Rakell has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 87.2 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 28 goals on 355 shots faced and Ryan Miller has given up 12 goals on 114 shots.
The Wild are 11-5 in their last 16 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Ducks are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 6-21 in their last 27 Thursday games. The under is 4-0 in Wild last 4 road games. The under is 11-3-1 in Ducks last 15 overall. The Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim. The underdog is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild should win this game considering they've played their best hockey on the road and already have a road win over the Ducks this season. However, I'm leaning toward the under in this spot. The two meetings between the Wild and Ducks have produced a combined six goals and seven of the last 10 meetings have produced five or less goals. Neither of these teams are lighting it up offensively and the Ducks are one of the worst offensive teams in the league. Give me the under.