Minnesota Wild (44-24-6) at Detroit Red Wings (29-32-12)
|Date & Time||Sunday March 26, 2017, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +130 / Minnesota Wild -155 --- Over/Under: 5
Sunday NHL hockey action features the Minnesota Wild visiting the Detroit Red Wings.
The Detroit Red Wings are still mathematically alive for a postseason berth but they would have to sweep the remainder of their schedule and get a whole lot of help as well so the odds are against them. The Tampa Bay Lightning are also fighting for the second Wild Card and took a step forward with a 2-1, overtime win at Joe Louis Arena on Friday which has the team within a point of the last playoff position. Ondraj Palat saved the Lightning with his third period tally erasing a 1-0 deficit while Nikita Kucherov netted the game winner 3:28 in to the extra session. Andrej Vasilevskiy gave Tampa Bay 29 stops to get the victory. Henrik Zetterberg scored in the second for the Red Wings with Petr Mrazek recording 30 saves in absorbing the loss.
The Minnesota Wild don’t have to worry about making the postseason because they have locked up a spot which is a good thing because they have struggled for quite awhile. Despite being a huge favorite against the visiting Vancouver Canucks the Minnesota struggles continued in a 4-2 defeat on Saturday where neither their scoring and defense were up to par. Eric Staal and Ryan Suter were the bright spots for the Wild offense but Darcy Kuemper had some issues with all four goals allowed on 21 shots. The Canucks received two goals from Reid Boucher with Jack Stille and Brock Boeser also finding the back of the net. Richard Bachman made 25 saves to get the win in just his third start of the season.
The Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and the Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 road games while the under is 3-0-2 in Wild last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. The Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games and the Red Wings are 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest while the over is 4-1-2 in Red Wings last 7 vs. Western Conference. The over is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings in Detroit and the over is 6-1-4 in the last 11 meetings while the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The home team has generally done well and plenty of goals have been scored so I lean over pending goalies…