Minnesota Wild vs Arizona Coyotes NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/14/21

Minnesota Wild vs Arizona Coyotes NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/14/21 Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes (12-11-4) at Minnesota Wild (16-8-1)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -185 / Arizona Coyotes +166 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Arizona Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild meet in an NHL matchup from the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Arizona Coyotes will look to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to the Wild in their last matchup on Friday. Conor Garland leads the Coyotes in scoring with 22 points including a team-high 14 assists while Clayton Keller’s right behind with 21 points and 13 assists. Christian Dvorak also leads the Coyotes in goals with 9 goals this season. As a team, Arizona is averaging 2.6 goals per game with 25.5 shots per game and a 20.7% success rate on the power play. The Coyotes are giving up 2.9 goals per game with 31.5 shots against per game and an 83.3% success rate on the penalty kill this season.

The Minnesota Wild will look to build on their resounding win over the Coyotes on Friday. Kirill Kaprizov has 23 points with 10 goals and 13 assists while Joel Greenway has a team-high 14 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 10 goals of his own as well this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 3.1 goals per game on 30.5 shots per game with a 7.9% success rate on the power play. The Wild are allowing 2.6 goals per game on 29.1 shots against per game with an 84.3% kill rate on the PK this season.

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Arizona is 8-21 in their last 29 road games and 7-19 in their last 26 games as a road underdog while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 Sunday games. Minnesota is 6-0 in their last 6 home games and 8-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Arizona is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.

This is a lot of plus money to leave with Arizona, but realistically, the Coyotes just aren’t playing well enough to warrant taking a shot on them here. Minnesota’s been the better team in better form and normally play their best at home, so I’ll back the Wild on the puck line here as I see this being a win by 2+ for the Wild here.

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Chris’s Pick Minnesota -1.5

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

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