Minnesota Wild (22-11-2) at Vegas Golden Knights (24-9-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -165 / Minnesota Wild +145 --- 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 the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on a 3-2 win over the Golden Knights in their last matchup. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 30 points including team-highs of 13 goals and 17 assists while Mats Zuccarello and Joel Greenway each have 22 points with a combined 33 assists between the two. Kevin Fiala has 19 points with 10 goals and Joel Eriksson Ek also has 11 goals as part of his 17-point tally this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 2.9 goals on 29.3 shots with a 10.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.5 goals on 30.7 shots against with an 85.8% success rate on the PK this season.
The Vegas Golden Knights will be out to bounce back and get revenge for their loss to Minnesota last time out. Mark Stone leads Vegas in scoring with 40 points including 12 goals and a team-high 28 assists while Max Pacioretty has 33 points with a team-high 18 goals and 134 shots on goal. Shea Theodore has 29 points with 23 assists while William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault each have 26 points with double-digit assists this season. As a team, Vegas is averaging 3.2 goals on 31.2 shots with an 18.3% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.3 goals on 27.7 shots with an 85.1% success rate on the PK this season.
Minnesota is 16-7 in their last 23 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the over is 11-1 in their last 12 road games. Vegas is 36-15 in their last 51 home games and 47-21 68 games overall while the under is 9-1-1 in their last 11 Saturday games. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for either side here as the Wild continue to bring value and the Golden Knights have been dominant at home and it’s hard to beat the same team twice in a back-to-back. However, Minnesota’s now won three straight against Vegas and may have the Golden Knights at this point. Either way, there’s just too much value for me to pass on with Minnesota once again, so give me the Wild and the plus money here.