Minnesota Wild (28-20-6) at Anaheim Ducks (39-10-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 28, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -205 / Minnesota Wild +186 --- Over/Under: 5
The Anaheim Ducks will look to sweep the Minnesota Wild in their third and final meeting on Tuesday night. Anaheim has not only won the first two meetings this season, but it’s also won the previous six matchups. The Wild haven’t beaten the Ducks since December of 2012.
And it’s tough imagining that streak coming to an end this season.
The Ducks continue to prove their one of the best teams in hockey, losing only two games in the month of January. A combination of Jonas Hiller and Fredrik Anderson at goalie has worked wonders, as opponents have only scored more than two goals in five of the 13 games played in this month. That type of goaltending has really helped the Ducks take their game to another level, but they’re also third in the NHL with an average of 3.3 goals per game. This is easily one of the better Anaheim teams Minnesota has faced in a long time.
The Wild haven’t been too shabby either, putting a little pressure on the Central Division with wins in three of their last five games. There’s a lot of pressure for goalie Darcy Kuemper to play lights out every night, but he’s done just that for the most part, allowing one goal or less in four of his last eight starts. Minnesota is 23rd in the league in goals scored per game and that really hasn’t changed as of late with only four goals scored in the last three games.
It’s obvious Anaheim is the better team and will probably continue its dominance in this rivalry. But there’s no value in the ML. That’s why I’m siding with the under. The under has hit in the Duck’s last four games and is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams. The under is also 6-0-3 in the Wild’s last nine games played against Pacific competition.
Both goaltenders will keep this under the projected number.