Minnesota Wild (21-10-2) at Vegas Golden Knights (24-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -167 / Minnesota Wild +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 9.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with 11 goals, Kirill Kaprizov has 16 assists and Kevin Fiala has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 39 goals on 519 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 38 goals on 481 shots.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 18 goals, Mark Stone has 28 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 19 goals on 202 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 49 goals on 667 shots.
The Golden Knights are 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 0 days rest and 47-19 in their last 66 overall. The Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The over is 10-1 in Wild last 11 road games. The under is 3-1-1 in Golden Knights last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
The Vegas Golden Knights are going to be favored on their home ice for obvious reasons and they'll be eager for a bounce back performance after their showing last night against the lousy Kings. However, the Minnesota Wild come into this game playing solid hockey in their own right and they've been solid playing on the end of back to backs. The Wild have also won the last two meetings against the Golden Knights, splitting the four meetings this season overall. Bottom line is this is too much plus money to just pass up with the Wild. I'll take it.