Minnesota Wild (48-25-8) at Arizona Coyotes (30-41-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 8, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +135 / Minnesota Wild -155 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Gila River Arena hosts an NHL hockey bout between the hometown Arizona Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild.
The Minnesota Wild were once the best team in the Western Conference until a post All Star break slump combining with a Chicago Blackhawks hot streak took had the team scuffling for answers. Following a 4-3 victory at the Pepsi Center and the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night the Wild secured the second spot in the conference. The balanced Minnesota offense featured goals from Mikael Granlund, Nate Prosser, Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter that made the 30 stop performance of Devan Dubnyk a winner. The Avalanche received scoring from Matt Nieto, Francois Beuchemin and Tyson Jost who celebrated his first NHL goal. Calvin Pickard was saddled with the loss with all four goals allowed on 28 shots as the Avs failed to win back to back games.
The Arizona Coyotes have been eliminated from the postseason for quite awhile although they have still played hard. Their hard work was rewarded as the team leapfrogged the Vancouver Canucks to escape the basement in the Pacific Division thanks to a come from behind 4-3 win versus the visiting Canucks. Radim Vrbata paced the Coyotes offense with a pair of tallies with Alexander Burmistrov and Luke Schenn also finding the scoring column. Luois Dominigue recorded 26 stops to help the Yotes to their third win in four contests. Vancouver received their scoring from Brock Boeser, Nikolay Goldobin and Daniel Sedin but despite limited shots on goal, Ryan Miller absorbed the loss while stopping 18 shots.
The Wild are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and the over is 5-1 in Wild last 6 games playing on 1 days rest while the over is 22-5-2 in Wild last 29 games following a win. The under is 6-0 in Coyotes last 6 vs. Central and the under is 6-1 in Coyotes last 7 vs. a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1-1 in Coyotes last 8 games following a win. The Wild are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and the Wild are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Minnesota has done well against the Coyotes but I don’t know what will happen with the Wild having nothing to play for…