Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks - 8/4/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks - 8/4/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (36-27-7) at Vancouver Canucks (36-28-6)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 10:45 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks -160 / Minnesota Wild +140 --- Over/Under: 29.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks meet Tuesday in game two of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.

The Minnesota Wild look for another victory to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Jared Spurgeon leads Minnesota with two goals, Eric Staal has two assists and Kevin Fiala has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing zero goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Stalock has allowed zero goals on 28 shots faced.

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The Vancouver Canucks need a victory here to even up the series heading into game three on Thursday. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging zero goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Alexander Edler leads Vancouver with four shots on goal, Christopher Tanev has four shots on goal and Brandon Sutter has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up two goals on 30 shots faced. 

The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The under is 9-4-1 in Wild last 14 vs. Western Conference. The over is 9-3 in Canucks last 12 overall. The Wild are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild were one of the most impressive teams in their opening game, pitching a shutout while scoring three goals on 31 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have now lost six of their last eight games overall and their defense continues to be a major red flag. Also, the Wild have won three straight games against the Canucks and six of the last eight meetings. 

I'll take my chances with the Wild and the plus money.

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