Minnesota Wild (36-19-5) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (43-14-3)
May 24, 2021 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -167 / Minnesota Wild +151; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights meet Monday in game five of the NHL West Playoffs at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Minnesota Wild need a win to save their season and force a game six on Wednesday. The Minnesota Wild are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with two goals, Marcus Foligno has two assists and Kevin Fiala has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing three goals per game and are killing 90.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 10 goals on 126 shots faced.
The Vegas Golden Knights hope to close out this series with a win and advance to the next round. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Vegas with three goals, Chandler Stephenson has three assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing one goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up four goals on 116 shots faced.
The Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Golden Knights are 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 38-15 in their last 53 overall. The over is 9-4 in Wild last 13 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Golden Knights last 7 overall. The Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild haven’t played terrible in this series, they just can’t find the back of the net and a lot of that has to do with Marc-Andre Fleury standing on his head. Fleury is saving 96.6 percent of his shots these playoffs, which is easily the best of any goalie up to this point. Cam Talbot deserves credit for what he’s done, but it just feels like the Wild are outmatched here and they haven’t had much success this season in the underdog role. I have no choice but to side with the Vegas Golden Knights and the PL for max betting value.