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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild prediction 12-18-23 NHL Picks

Pittsburgh Penguins (13-13-3) vs Minnesota Wild (12-12-4)
2023-12-18 19:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -127 / Minnesota Wild +103 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Minnesota Wild and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Monday night. Can the Wild keep their win streak going? Or will the Pens bounce back? Let’s dive in and find out with a Wild vs. Penguins Prediction.

Minnesota Wild Team Preview

The Minnesota Wild come into this one looking to build on their three-game win streak after a 2-1 win over Vancouver last time out. Mats Zuccarello has a team-high 28 points including a team-high 22 assists while Joel Eriksson Ek has 21 points with a team-high 14 goals and 7 assists. Kirill Kaprizov’s added 24 points of his own with 16 assists and Marco Rossi has 17 points with 10 goals and 7 assists. Matt Boldy also has 17 points with 8 goals and 9 assists. Filip Gustavsson has posted a 8-7-2 record with a 2.84 GAA and a .908 save percentage while Marc-Andre Fleury is 4-5-2 with a 3.29 GAA and an .886 save percentage this season. The Wild are 11th in the West with 28 points, one less than the Calgary Flames

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have won five of their last six games as underdogs following a home win.
  • The Wild have covered the puck line in 15 of their last 16 games as underdogs following a home win.
  • The Wild have won the third period in seven of their last eight games following a shootout loss.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1’ market has hit in seven of the Wild’s last eight games at PPG Paints Arena.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this game trying to bounce back from a 7-0 shutout loss to Toronto last time out. Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins in scoring with 32 points including 13 goals and a team-high 19 assists while Sidney Crosby has 31 points with a team-high 17 goals. Evgeni Malkin has 24 points with 10 goals and 14 assists while Erik Karlsson’s added 21 points with 15 assists and Bryan Rust has 20 points with 10 goals this season. Tristan Jarry has gone 9-11-2 with a 2.61 GAA and a .913 save percentage while Alex Nedeljkovic has a 3-2-1 record with a 2.52 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season. The Penguins are 13th in the East with 29 points, one behind the Montreal Canadiens

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won five of the Penguins’ last six games at PPG Paints Arena.
  • The Penguins have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last 10 games as home favorites against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Penguins have won the first period in six of their last seven games against the Wild.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in nine of the Penguins’ last 10 games as favorites against the Wild.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins ranks 27th in the league in power play percentage this season (12.94%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins ranks 25th in the league for goals per game this season (2.83).
  • The Minnesota Wild ranks 29th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (73.00%).
  • The Minnesota Wild ranks 30th in the league for power play goals against this season (27).

Wild vs. Penguins Prediction

I’m on the Wild here. The Wild don’t have the greatest numbers from a record perspective, but the reality is that they are they’ve done a good job of digging out from under those numbers in recent games. I just can’t get there with the Penguins after how poor they looked against Toronto and I think the Wild take care of business here.

 

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Minnesota +103

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild prediction 12-18-23 NHL Picks

Pittsburgh Penguins (13-13-3) vs Minnesota Wild (12-12-4)
2023-12-18 19:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -127 / Minnesota Wild +103 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Minnesota Wild and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Monday night. Can the Wild keep their win streak going? Or will the Pens bounce back? Let’s dive in and find out with a Wild vs. Penguins Prediction.

Minnesota Wild Team Preview

The Minnesota Wild come into this one looking to build on their three-game win streak after a 2-1 win over Vancouver last time out. Mats Zuccarello has a team-high 28 points including a team-high 22 assists while Joel Eriksson Ek has 21 points with a team-high 14 goals and 7 assists. Kirill Kaprizov’s added 24 points of his own with 16 assists and Marco Rossi has 17 points with 10 goals and 7 assists. Matt Boldy also has 17 points with 8 goals and 9 assists. Filip Gustavsson has posted a 8-7-2 record with a 2.84 GAA and a .908 save percentage while Marc-Andre Fleury is 4-5-2 with a 3.29 GAA and an .886 save percentage this season. The Wild are 11th in the West with 28 points, one less than the Calgary Flames

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have won five of their last six games as underdogs following a home win.
  • The Wild have covered the puck line in 15 of their last 16 games as underdogs following a home win.
  • The Wild have won the third period in seven of their last eight games following a shootout loss.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1’ market has hit in seven of the Wild’s last eight games at PPG Paints Arena.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this game trying to bounce back from a 7-0 shutout loss to Toronto last time out. Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins in scoring with 32 points including 13 goals and a team-high 19 assists while Sidney Crosby has 31 points with a team-high 17 goals. Evgeni Malkin has 24 points with 10 goals and 14 assists while Erik Karlsson’s added 21 points with 15 assists and Bryan Rust has 20 points with 10 goals this season. Tristan Jarry has gone 9-11-2 with a 2.61 GAA and a .913 save percentage while Alex Nedeljkovic has a 3-2-1 record with a 2.52 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season. The Penguins are 13th in the East with 29 points, one behind the Montreal Canadiens

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won five of the Penguins’ last six games at PPG Paints Arena.
  • The Penguins have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last 10 games as home favorites against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Penguins have won the first period in six of their last seven games against the Wild.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in nine of the Penguins’ last 10 games as favorites against the Wild.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins ranks 27th in the league in power play percentage this season (12.94%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins ranks 25th in the league for goals per game this season (2.83).
  • The Minnesota Wild ranks 29th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (73.00%).
  • The Minnesota Wild ranks 30th in the league for power play goals against this season (27).

Wild vs. Penguins Prediction

I’m on the Wild here. The Wild don’t have the greatest numbers from a record perspective, but the reality is that they are they’ve done a good job of digging out from under those numbers in recent games. I just can’t get there with the Penguins after how poor they looked against Toronto and I think the Wild take care of business here.

 

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Minnesota +103

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Peter Trans is an acclaimed Expert NBA Handicapper, renowned for his insightful analysis and predictions in the world of professional basketball. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the game, Peter has established himself as a trusted authority among basketball enthusiasts and bettors alike. His expertise is showcased on SportsChatPlace.com, where he provides in-depth game analyses, betting tips, and forecasts that are both highly informative and remarkably accurate.

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