Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/6/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (30-19-5) at Minnesota Wild (24-22-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -116 / Vancouver Canucks +105 --- Over/Under: 6
The Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Vancouver Canucks look for another win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 23 goals, JT Miller has 33 assists and Tanner Pearson has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 96 goals on 1,158 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 51 goals on 559 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 12 games.
The Minnesota Wild need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Ryan Suter has 29 assists and Eric Staal has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 77 goals on 697 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 70 goals on 731 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in four of their last six games.
The Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games, 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 14-5 in their last 19 overall. The Wild are 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The over is 8-3 in Canucks last 11 road games. The over is 3-1-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The Canucks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota. The road team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 11-4-2 in the last 17 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks have won five of the last eight meetings against the Wild and head into this contest simply playing the better and more consistent hockey. While the Minnesota Wild aren't bad and should be favored at home, I have a hard time turning down the better price with the hotter team. The Vancouver Canucks have been good to us these last few weeks and are currently the seventh most profitable team in the sport. Give me the plus money and the road team.