Minnesota Wild (43-19-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (28-27-12)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 16, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +113 / Minnesota Wild -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Carolina Hurricanes look to snap out of an ugly losing skid as they host the Minnesota Wild in Raleigh on Thursday night.
The Wild head into North Carolina on Thursday looking to break out of a 1-4 road slump that has seen their grasp on top spot in the Central division slip out of their hands as they are now a point back of the Chicago Blackhawks with the season drawing near a close. The Wild have had a very successful season and look like they are poised to go on a deep playoff run as they are very team oriented without a ton of superstar talent but with the way their goaltender Devan Dubnyk has played this season and the depth of players they have across the board this is going to be a very tough team to beat across a seven game series. Minnesota is a disappointing 5-16 in their last 21 games against the Metro division but they are 12-2 in their last 14 Thursday games and are the favourite in this spot against the Hurricanes who have had a very disappointing campaign and will likely miss out on the playoffs.
The Canes have lost 12 of their last 16 games and have played their way out of the wild card hunt in the Eastern Conference and against a strong Minny team that is in a bit of a funk things don’t get any easier for them on this night. Carolina is usually a strong team at home and this season has been no different but they have lost four of their last five in Raleigh despite winning four of their last five on Thursday night. Cam Ward is expected to get the start in the Carolina crease as he will look to shake off an ugly outing against the Islanders and he will face off against Dubnyk who has been a work horse for the Wild and should be considered the favourite to win this year’s Vezina Trophy.
The Wild are 32-13 in their last 45 overall and 20-6 in their last 26 against a team with a losing record while the Canes are 3-8 in their last 11 on one day’s rest and winless in their last four against the Central. Minnesota is getting a decent price here which might be a trap spot but I’m not biting as Minny knows they need to win and the Canes are too far gone to stay relevant.