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Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators - 3/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild
Date & Time Sunday March 3, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Nashville Predators -118 / Minnesota Wild -103 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCS
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The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Nashville Predators could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville with 27 goals, Ryan Johansen has 43 assists and Roman Josi has 225 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 109 goals on 1,270 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 61 goals on 726 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.

The Minnesota Wild look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 24 goals, Ryan Suter has 34 assists and Eric Staal has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 132 goals on 1,494 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 40 goals on 362 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in their last five games.

The Predators are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Central and 2-11 in their last 13 games as a road favorite. The Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home underdog, 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 9-1-2 in Predators last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 6-0 in Wild last 6 overall. The Predators are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota and the favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The home team has won each of the last eight meetings between the Predators and Wild. Both teams have been stingy defensively as of late, but it's the Minnesota Wild who have really turned up the pressure and are playing some impressive hockey during this five-game winning streak. We're getting the Wild at home for the slightly cheaper price. I'll take my chances.

Pick:
Minnesota Wild -103

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