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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/29/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Friday March 29, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
Paradise, Nevada
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Wild +148 / Vegas Golden Knights -180 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSN+, ATRM
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The Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights meet Friday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Minnesota Wild could use a win here after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 26 goals, Ryan Suter has 39 assists and Eric Staal has 206 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 158 goals on 1,786 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 48 goals on 447 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Vegas Golden Knights also need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 24 goals, Reilly Smith has 33 assists and Shea Theodore has 194 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 144 goals on 1,673 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 52 goals on 527 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Wild are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog, 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog and 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Golden Knights are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home favorite, 9-2 in their last 11 games as a favorite and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 home games.

The Minnesota Wild have won four of the last five meetings against Vegas, so there's some value with the plus money here. Unfortunately that's where the value stops, as the Wild have been awful these past few weeks and the defense isn't getting much better. The Vegas Golden Knights have been close to automatic as a home favorite lately and have lost more than three regular season games in a row just once since moving to Vegas. I have to back the Knights on their home ice.

Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights -180

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