Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild - 3/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild - 3/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8) at Minnesota Wild (35-27-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild +118 / Vegas Golden Knights -130 --- Over/Under: 6

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The Vegas Golden Knights and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Vegas Golden Knights look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 31 goals, Mark Stone has 42 assists and Reilly Smith has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 131 goals on 1,375 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed two goals on 61 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in 19 of their last 28 games.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 25 goals, Ryan Suter has 39 assists and Eric Staal has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 823 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 91 goals on 1,048 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 18 games.

The Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games, 8-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 11-2 in their last 13 overall. The Wild are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home underdog and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Golden Knights last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Wild last 5 vs. Pacific. The Golden Knights are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.

The Vegas Golden Knights have been one of the better teams in the league over the last month, but they can be lackluster at times defensively and we've cashed some nice underdog prices fading them at times this season. The Minnesota Wild are playing winning hockey in their own right, and they've won six of the last eight meetings against Vegas. I can't turn down this price with the Minnesota Wild on their home ice.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild +118

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