Minnesota Wild (38-22-7) at Vancouver Canucks (25-33-9)
|Date & Time||Friday March 9, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +135 / Minnesota Wild -155 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Minnesota Wild visit the Vancouver Canucks for a Friday night NHL matchup.
The Minnesota Wild are looking to solidify their playoff position and the team has been looking great with wins in seven of nine following a 6-2 win versus Carolina where Phillip Di Giuseppe and Derek Ryan scored in the third for the Hurricanes while Cam Ward allowed four goals on 13 shots before Scott Darling stopped 16-18 in relief.
The explosive Wild offense saw Eric Stall score twice with Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Matt Cullen all reaching the scoring column. Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu each gave Minnesota a pair of assists to make a winner of Devan Dubnyk and his 29 saves.
The Vancouver Canucks have struggled to win and when they have, stringing victories together has been an issue. That trend continued with Vancouver dropping a 2-1 decision to the visiting Arizona Coyotes as the team couldn’t build on a win versus the New York Islanders.
The Coyotes drew first blood on a Clayton Keller power play tally with 1:40 remaining in the first. The Canucks saw Jussi Jokinen even the score with only 16 seconds left in the opening period before Derek Stepan won it with his goal with 58 seconds left in regulation. Derek Stepan added two assists and Darcy Kuemper stopped 16 shots for Arizona while Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 shots.
Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 5-0-1 in Wild last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Over is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 6-1 in Canucks last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and Canucks are 1-5 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. Over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Vancouver and road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
These teams have been scoring in bunches so I’m looking at the over pending goalie confirmation…