The Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Avicii Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Minnesota Wild Betting Preview
The Minnesota Wild look to snap a 3-game losing streak. The Wild are coming off an 8-3 loss to the Stars on Sunday. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.27 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with 8 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 12 assists and Kirill Kaprizov has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 4.2 goals per game and are killing 63.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Filip Gustavsson has allowed 33 goals on 258 shots faced, and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 27 goals on 223 shots.
Ottawa Senators Betting Preview
The Ottawa Senators look for a win after splitting their last 8 games. The Senators beat the Red Wings in overtime on Thursday. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.93 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brady Tkachuk leads Ottawa with 10 goals, Tim Stutzle has 16 assists and Claude Giroux has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.43 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 16 goals on 96 shots faced, and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 31 goals on 330 shots.
The Minnesota Wild have not only lost 3 straight games, but the defense has been a mess, and now they haven't played in a week while traveling across the country. The Ottawa Senators have been in Sweden, just beat the Red Wings, and it's just easier to trust them given there's no massive layoff. I wouldn't be shocked if the Wild come out rusty. Near pick em prices, give me the Senators.