Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks - 8/2/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (35-27-7) at Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -123 / Minnesota Wild +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks meet Sunday in game one of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.
The Minnesota Wild entered the NHL break winning eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 25 goals, Ryan Suter has 40 assists and Eric Staal has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 93 goals on 849 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 97 goals on 1,082 shots.
The Vancouver Canucks entered the NHL break losing seven of their last 11 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. JT Miller leads Vancouver with 27 goals, Quinn Hughes has 45 assists and Tanner Pearson has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 117 goals on 1,420 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 78 goals on 822 shots.
The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific, 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 1-7 in their last 8 Sunday games. The Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record, 3-7 in their last 10 playoff games as a favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Wild last 26 Sunday games. The over is 9-2 in Canucks last 11 overall. The Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Vancouver and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild entered the break playing some of their best hockey of the season, while the complete opposite of the Vancouver Canucks can be said. The Canucks are a hard team to trust because of their inconsistent defense, while the Wild are built like a team that could make a run in the West if they play to their potential. The Wild are the more balanced team here and we're getting them at the better price. I'll take it.