Minnesota Wild (26-17-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-21-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 25, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -145 / Minnesota Wild +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Minnesota Wild look to snap out of their road losing ways as they head into Pittsburgh to face off with the Penguins in their last game before the all-star break.
The Wild look to continue their strong play and send the Penguins to yet another defeat against a Western Conference foe as these two sides do battle in Pittsburgh on Thursday night that features every team in the league in action before the all-star festivities this weekend. The Wild have shaken off a slow start and are looking like a contender in the Western Conference as they have won four of their last five games and have dominated the Pens in Pittsburgh as they have won seven of their last 10 show downs in what is otherwise a very tough arena to win in. The Wild are expected to send Devan Dubnyk to the crease here as he will aim to lead the Wild to just their 11th win in 35 tries against teams from the Metro division as he will face off against Tristan Jarry as the Penguins’ goaltending carousel continues.
The Penguins meanwhile look for their seventh win in their last nine tries as they host a Wild team they haven’t had much success against but with their remarkable home ice record it makes sense to see the Pens as a favourite in this spot. Pittsburgh still has one of the game’s best offenses led by Sidney Crosby and he is on a tear right now filling up the scoresheet at will and against a Minny team that has hit the over in nine of their last 11 Thursday games they may need Crosby to be on his game here tonight. The Penguins are a woeful 2-9 in their last 11 against the Western Conference and are 3-8 following a win which gives us some hope on the Wild who should get a ton of value in this spot on the road.
The Wild are 40-19 in their last 59 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last five road games while the Pens are 2-6 in their last eight on one day’s rest and winless in their last six against the Central. The Wild are a scrappy bunch and that is a frustrating matchup for the Penguins who have some issues on the blue line and they get exposed here.