Minnesota Wild (7-6) at Anaheim Ducks (6-8-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks +114 / Minnesota Wild -126 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Minnesota Wild need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on eight 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 2.7 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 13 goals on 162 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 20 goals on 210 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 1.9 goals per game and are scoring on 8.1 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 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 31 goals on 382 shots faced and Ryan Miller has given up 12 goals on 114 shots.
The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The under is 5-0 in Wild last 5 road games. The under is 12-3-1 in Ducks last 16 overall. The Wild are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Anaheim. The road team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
Neither of these teams are playing great hockey at the moment, but the Wild have shown far and away more promise on the offensive side and have already beaten the Ducks in two of three tries this season. The Anaheim Ducks have scored four combined goals in the three games against the Wild this season and they're 31st in goals per game and 30th in shots. I'll gladly lay the cheap price with the Wild.