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Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks - 1/17/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Anaheim Ducks at Minnesota Wild
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN
The Line
Minnesota Wild: -1 (+138) / Minnesota Wild -182 / Anaheim Ducks +145 / Anaheim Ducks: 1 (-172)
TV Channel
FSN, Prime Ticket
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The Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.

The Anaheim Ducks are in dire need of a win after losing 12 games in a row following a 3-1 loss to Detroit in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie through the opening period and the first half of the 2nd before Rickard Rakell opened the scoring, giving Anaheim a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. However, the lead would not last as Detroit would tie the game early and take the lead just past the midway point of the 3rd period before icing the game with a 3rd goal just 1:43 after taking the lead, sending the Ducks home without a win for their 12th straight game. John Gibson took the loss between the pipes, falling to 15-15-8 after giving up all 3 goals on 25 shots in the losing effort.

The Minnesota Wild will look to build on a 3-2 shootout win over the Kings in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Nino Niederreiter gave Minny the lead just after the midway point of the 2nd period. Los Angeles tied it up at 1-1 heading to the 3rd where Eric Staal re-took the lead for the Wild. The lead wouldn’t last though, as the Kings would tie the game at 2-2, sending us to extra hockey. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Jason Zucker scored the lone goal of the shootout to give the Wild the victory and the extra point. Alex Stalock got the win to improve to 6-4-0 this season after stopping 31 of 33 shots faced in regulation and overtime, in addition to all 3 shots faced in the shootout.

Anaheim is 0-12 in their last 12 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 road games while the under is 3-1-2 in their last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record. Minnesota is 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Pacific division while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 games overall. Anaheim is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings between these two teams and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.

The plus money with the Ducks could be worth a look given that the Ducks have had success in this matchup in the past and the losing can’t continue forever, and you get the feeling that Anaheim is due as they’re a much more talented team than what we’ve seen. However, there’s simply no backing the Ducks until this losing skid ends as Anaheim keeps finding ways to lose hockey games whether it be losing from the get go and not being able to recover, or taking a lead and letting it slip away. I have to lay the juice with Minnesota as more of a fade from Anaheim until the Ducks turn things around.

Pick:
Minnesota Wild: -1 (+138)

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