Minnesota Wild at Arizona Coyotes
|Date & Time||Sunday March 31, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
Gila River Arena
Arizona Coyotes -113 / Minnesota Wild -107 -- O/U: 5.5
The Minnesota Wild and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on a 3-2 win over Vegas in their last outing. Greg Pateryn and Eric Staal staked the Wild an early 2-0 lead after the 1st period and pushed that lead to 3-0 thanks to Kevin Fiala’s marker just after the midway point of the 2nd period. Vegas pulled one back late in the 2nd and cut the deficit to one early on in the 3rd, but it wasn’t enough as Minny would hold on and slam the door shut on the Golden Knights down the stretch for the victory. Devan Dubnyk got the win to improve to 30-27-6 after stopping 35 of 37 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to rebound after a 3-2 shootout loss to Colorado in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period followed by a pair of Colorado goals in the 2nd period, giving the Coyotes a 2-0 hole to climb out of entering the 3rd period. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with eight minutes to go to cut the deficit to 2-1 and scored again in the final minute of the game to tie the game at two and keep Arizona alive. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Nick Cousins, Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza all missed while Colorado found the back of the net on their first attempt to take the extra point. Darcy Kuemper took the loss, falling to 25-19-8 after allowing a pair of goals on 27 shots faced in the losing effort.
Minnesota is 7-3 in their last 10 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 33-14-5 in their last 52 games against the Western Conference. Arizona is 9-2 in their last 11 home games and 9-4 in their last 13 games against the Western Conference while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Minnesota is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
Minnesota could be a logical choice based on the fact that the Wild have had success in this matchup, but it’s genuinely hard for me to pick a side with both teams’ playoff lives hanging in the balance for this game. Arizona looks like they’re running out of steam, but they’ve played well at home which makes the decision even tougher. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. I think this is a game where both sides are going to play extremely tight as to not be the side that blinks and makes a mistake, so I think we will end up seeing a low-scoring affair here.