Vegas Golden Knights (36-13-2) at Minnesota Wild (33-14-4)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +109 / Vegas Golden Knights -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to bounce back from a 6-5 loss at the hands of the Wild in their last matchup Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 59 points including 21 goals and a team-high 38 assists while Max Pacioretty has 51 points with a team-high 24 goals and 27 assists. Shea Theodore has 42 points with 34 assists while Jonathan Marchessault’s got 40 points with 16 goals and 24 assists. William Karlsson has 36 points with 14 goals and 22 assists while Chandler Stephenson and Alex Tuch each have double-digit goal and assist tallies. As a team, Vegas is averaging 3.3 goals on 32.4 shots with an 18.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.2 goals on 27.6 shots with an 86.45 success rate killing off penalties this season.
The Minnesota Wild will try to build on their win over the Golden Knights last time out. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 45 points including a team-high 24 goals and 21 assists while Kevin Fiala has 39 points with 20 goals and 19 assists. Mats Zuccarello and Joel Greenway each have 31 points while Joel Eriksson Ek has 28 points with 18 goals and 10 assists. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 3.2 goals on 28.3 shots with an 18.2% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.7 goals on 30.8 shots with an 82.6% kill rate on the PK this season.
Vegas is 15-5 in their last 20 games as a road favorite and 36-15 in their last 51 games overall while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 Wednesday games. Minnesota is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
This is a potential playoff matchup but I still think that the Golden Knights are the play here. Minnesota is a team I’ve loved on, especially when they’re at home, but Vegas has had a tendency of carrying their strong play wherever they go which wasn’t always the case as the knock on Vegas was that they always played better at home than on the road. The thing is that we’re not getting enough plus money to fade the Golden Knights here, so I’ll side with Vegas in this spot.