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Minnesota Wild vs. Arizona Coyotes - 2/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes (12-32-9) at Minnesota Wild (29-19-5)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Wild -225 / Arizona Coyotes +201 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL | Arizona Coyotes (12-32-9) at Minnesota Wild (29-19-5)

The Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Arizona Coyotes could use a victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 14 goals, Derek Stepan has 22 assists and Christian Dvorak has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 62 goals on 558 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 68 goals on 810 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed a combined 16 goals during their four-game losing streak. 

The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 23 goals, Mikael Granlund has 28 assists and Jason Zucker has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 1,068 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 54 goals on 630 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.

The Coyotes are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 20-67 in their last 87 road games and 12-42 in their last 54 overall. The Wild are 16-5 in their last 21 home games, 22-6 in their last 28 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Coyotes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota, 2-9 in the last 11 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Arizona Coyotes remain unbackable in their current form, as wins are like pulling teeth for this club and the defense is getting destroyed during their current losing stretch. The Minnesota Wild remain one of the more consistent teams in the league and are damn near unbeatable at home. The Wild have also won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Coyotes and five of those wins were by two or more goals. So, to add value to the wager, I'll take Minnesota and the spread.

Minnesota Wild -1.5

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