Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild - 2/19/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (27-24-7) at Vancouver Canucks (32-22-5)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -139 / Minnesota Wild +126 --- Over/Under: 6
The Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Minnesota Wild need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Ryan Suter has 32 assists and Eric Staal has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 82 goals on 763 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 76 goals on 834 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Vancouver Canucks need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 24 goals, Quinn Hughes has 37 assists and Tanner Pearson has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 111 goals on 1,355 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 56 goals on 587 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Wild are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 11-2 in their last 13 home games, 8-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Wild last 7 overall. The over is 6-2-1 in Canucks last 9 overall. The Wild are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver. The road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild have won three of the last four meetings against the Canucks, so I considered the plus money here, especially with the Canucks struggling to close out games over the last two weeks. However, the Vancouver Canucks have been absolute money on their home ice and have been kind to bettors in the favorite role. Even with this current losing stretch, the Canucks are still the eighth most profitable team in the sport. I'll take the reasonable price and the Vancouver Canucks at home.