Minnesota Wild (15-11-1) at Arizona Coyotes (10-16-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 13, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +127 / Minnesota Wild -140 --- Over/Under: 5
The Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes play Saturday night at the Gila River Arena.
The Minnesota Wild have split their last 10 games and play their second road game of the month. The Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game on the season and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have scored three power play goals in their last three games and have won nine of their last 10 games overall when scoring at least three goals. Nino Niederreiter leads Minnesota with 12 goals, Jason Pominville has 12 assists and Zach Parise has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last eight games. Niklas Backstrom has allowed 19 goals on 199 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 45 goals on 481 shots. The Wild have split their last 10 road games.
The Arizona Coyotes have lost four straight games and will play their fourth straight home game. The Coyotes are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored three goals in their last three games. The Arizona Coyotes have four power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last nine games overall when scoring at least three goals. Mikkel Boedker leads Arizona with nine goals, Antoine Vermette has 12 assists and Shane Doan has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Coyotes are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six straight games. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 23 goals on 279 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 70 goals on 629 shots.
The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Coyotes are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-23 in their last 27 vs. Central. The Wild are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Wild have had little trouble against Arizona in past meetings and it's hard to back the Coyotes with the way they've been playing, even with the plus money. Minnesota should roll here.