Minnesota Wild (45-24-8) at Nashville Predators (39-27-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 1, 2017, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -125 / Minnesota Wild +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Minnesota Wild look to snap out of their losing ways as they take to the road to face off against a desperate Nashville Predators team on Saturday night.
The Wild have played their way out of top spot in the Central division – a spot they occupied for most of the season – and while they won’t finish any lower than second they are not looking like the team many expected to see go on a run at the all-star break. Minnesota doesn’t have the flare that many of the league’s elite have when it comes to superstar talent but they are a complete team that is well coached and they were getting some exceptional performances from the likes of goaltender Devan Dubnyk, forward Mikael Granlund, and defenseman Ryan Suter. Minny needs to sharpen up with the regular season finale just around the corner but they are in tough here against a Preds team that has just nine regulation home losses this season and are in full blown playoff mode already.
The Predators come into Saturday night’s game sitting two points behind the St. Louis Blues for the final playoff spot in the Central division and are three back of the Flames for the first wild card position and while they have dropped back to back games they are still 7-3 in their last 10 overall. Nashville is very similar to the Wild in the sense that neither of them have a ton of game breakers in the offensive zone and win most of their games with defense and goaltending and while Dubnyk stole a lot of the headlines in the early part of the season I think Pekka Rinne is more than capable of outshining his counterpart in this one and if the Preds are going to get the victory it’ll have to come from playing to their strengths.
The Wild are winless in their last five road games and 1-4 in their last five against the Central while the Preds are 4-1 in their last five home games and 5-2 in their last seven against the Central. This one is going to be very intense and while the total is flat I think it stays well under the five goal range as three looks like a stretch for this game.