Minnesota Wild (12-6-1) at Vegas Golden Knights (13-4-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -141 / Minnesota Wild +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Wild and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look to bounce back from a 5-4 loss to Vegas in their last matchup. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 17 points coming on 6 goals and 11 assists while Joel Greenway has 15 points with a team-high 12 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 12 points with a team-high 8 goals as well for the Wild up to this point in the year. Mats Zuccarello and Marcus Foligno each have 11 points with Zuccarello logging 3 goals and 8 assists while Foligno has 6 goals and 5 assists on the year. Kaapo Kahkonen continues to lead the Wild in goal, going 8-4 with a 2.41 GAA while Cam Talbot has 4 wins with a 2.55 GAA this season.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build on their win over the Wild last time out. Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 22 points including a team-high 18 assists while Max Pacioretty has 16 points with a team-high 10 goals and 79 shots on goal this season. William Karlsson, Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore each have 14 points with Tuch logging 8 goals and 6 assists while Karlsson has 5 goals with 9 helpers and Theodore has 3 goals and 11 apples this season. Jonathan Marchessault also has 13 points with 6 goals and 7 assists while Chandler Stephenson’s split his 10 points between 5 goals and 5 assists. Marc-Andre Fleury continues to be the leader in goal for the Golden Knights, going 10-3 with 3 shutouts and a 1.77 GAA this season.
Minnesota is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games an as underdog. Vegas is 24-8 in their last 32 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. The underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the Wild and the plus money are tempting in this spot, as it’s usually hard to beat the same team in back-to-back games but the reality here is that there’s just not enough plus money to sway from the Golden Knights here at home where the Knights have been nothing short of dominant historically. I’m also not sold on Minnesota’s goaltending even off of a lengthy winning streak, at least against this high-powered Vegas squad. I’ll lay it and play it with Vegas in this spot.