Arizona Coyotes vs Minnesota Wild NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/5/21

Arizona Coyotes vs Minnesota Wild NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/5/21 Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (12-7-1) at Arizona Coyotes (10-9-3)

NHL Hockey: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

The Line: Arizona Coyotes +122 / Minnesota Wild -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes meet Friday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 7.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with eight goals, Jordan Greenway has 12 assists and Zach Parise has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 23 goals on 256 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 28 goals on 330 shots.

The Arizona Coyotes look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Christian Dvorak leads Arizona with nine goals, Conor Garland has 13 assists and Jakob Chychrun has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 38 goals on 435 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 18 goals on 194 shots.

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The Wild are 9-1 in their last 10 Friday games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Coyotes are 2-7 in their last 9 Friday games and 6-16 in their last 22 games following a win. The over is 6-1 in Wild last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Coyotes last 5 home games. The Wild are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Arizona and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild are head and shoulders the hotter team right now, and they've done some of their best work dating back to last season on the road. The Arizona Coyotes are a team that just can't get out of their own way and they've been a tough team to trust the last couple of years. The Wild and the cheap price has to be one of the better bets on the board for a rather small Friday NHL card.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -135

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

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