Anaheim Ducks (16-6-5) at Minnesota Wild (14-9-1)
|Date & Time||Friday December 5, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -133 / Anaheim Ducks +121 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Wild look to stay red hot on home ice on Friday night when they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to town in a pivotal Western Conference show down.
The Ducks skate in to Minnesota on Friday night looking to notch their eighth road win of the season and third game overall against a Minnesota team looking to make some head way in the Central division. Anaheim is one of the best teams in hockey but as we saw last season their regular season success will be a lost cause if they can't generate the same success in the postseason and this year it is Cup or bust for the Ducks who have a very deep roster and should be treated as Cup contenders. Frederik Andersen has been great between the pipes since taking over as the team's full time starter and he will be up against another young and promising goaltender in Darcy Kuemper as both of these net minders have combined for 23 wins and just 11 losses. Anaheim is getting a nice price here as a road underdog and they don't have to worry about conserving energy as they have Saturday night off.
The Wild will look to continue their home ice success as they are always a tough out at the Xcel energy Center and they're coming off a nice win and will look to make it two straight on Friday. Despite the success in their last outing Zach Parise was critical of the fans who were getting on the team for their power play woes yet still some away victorious which goes to show the ignorance in the stands at times as he eloquently pointed out that the team would much rather win the game then score four power play goals and lose and he is exactly right. The Wild and that power play unit will have to be on point in this one though as the Ducks are a very good team and while Minnesota is solid on home ice and also have Saturday off I love the Ducks here as to me they're the better team and are getting plus money.