Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild - 8/6/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild - 8/6/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (37-28-6) at Minnesota Wild (36-28-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Minnesota Wild +100 / Vancouver Canucks -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Minnesota Wild look for a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Kevin Fiala leads Minnesota with three goals, Eric Staal has four assists and Matt Dumba has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing two goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Stalock has allowed four goals on 56 shots faced.

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The Vancouver Canucks look for back-to-back victories to take a key 2-1 series lead. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with one goal, Alexander Edler has two assists and Elias Pettersson has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up five goals on 65 shots faced.

The Canucks are 13-6 in their last 19 games following a win, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite, 11-5 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The over is 15-5-1 in Canucks last 21 overall. The over is 5-2 in Wild last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The road team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The over is 13-5-3 in the last 21 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild may have lost game two, but they look a little too comfortable offensively in this series, which should surprise no one considering they've now won six of the last nine meetings against the Canucks and have scored three or more goals in seven of those contests. The Vancouver Canucks have had issues stringing wins together dating back toward the end of the regular season, and I question that defense in pressure filled games like this one. I'll gladly take the Wild and the even money. 

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