Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-0) at Minnesota Wild (3-2-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 20, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to build on their three-game winning streak when they take to the road for the first time this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with four goals, Yanni Gourde has three assists and Tyler Johnson has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up six goals on 131 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed two goals on 40 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed two or less goals in four of their first five games.
The Minnesota Wild look for a third straight victory after splitting their last six games overall. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with three goals, Zach Parise has six assists and Ryan Suter has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 12 goals on 199 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed three goals on 27 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in three of their last five games.
The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games and 77-37 in their last 114 overall. The Wild are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference, 25-12 in their last 37 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 games playing on 0 days rest. The Lightning are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota, the home team is 16-5-1 in the last 22 meetings and the under is 10-2-1 in the last 13 meetings. The under is 5-2-1 in Wild last 8 overall and the under is 7-1-2 in Lightning last 10 overall.
The Minnesota Wild haven't played well on the end of back to backs recently, but they are playing their best hockey of the young season and have been solid defensively in their last couple of games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have been able to pile up a bunch of home victories, but they now take to the road for the first time and start this road trip in a place they haven't had much success at over the years. I'll side with the Wild in this spot.