Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks - 2/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Anaheim Ducks (6-7-3) vs Minnesota Wild (6-6)
Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
Betting Odds: Anaheim Ducks +110 / Minnesota Wild -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Wild and the Anaheim Ducks meet in NHL action from the Honda Center on Thursday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look to bounce back after a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last matchup last time out. Joel Greenway leads the Wild in scoring with 10 points coming on 2 goals and 8 assists while Joel Eriksson Ek and Kirill Kaprizov each have 9 points with Eriksson Ek posting 5 goals and 4 assists while Kaprizov has 3 goals and 6 helpers this season. Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin each have 6 points with Suter logging 6 assists and Brodin chipping in a pair of goals and 4 assists as well on the year. Kaapo Kahkonen and Cam Talbot continue to split goaltending duties for Minnesota, with Kahkonen logging a 3-4 record with a 2.90 GAA while Talbot’s got 3 wins as well with a 2.40 GAA in 6 appearances.
The Anaheim Ducks will be out to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to San Jose last time out. Max Comtois leads the Ducks in scoring with 9 points including a team-high 7 goals with a pair of assists while Rickard Rakell has 7 points with 6 assists and Carter Rowney has 6 assists as well. Jakob Silfverberg, Hampus Lindholm and Ryan Getzlaf each have 6 points with Silfverberg logging 3 goals and 3 assists while Lindholm has 2 goals and 4 assists and Getzlaf has 5 assists this season. John Gibson leads the Ducks in goal with 5 wins and 3 shutouts with a 2.33 GAA in his 13 appearances for the Ducks this season.
Minnesota is 11-5 in their last 16 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite. Anaheim is 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog while the under is 11-3-1 in their last 15 games overall. Minnesota is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Anaheim.
So we have a Minnesota team that plays low-scoring, physical hockey to being with, against an Anaheim team that struggles to score the puck and we’re still sitting at a total of 5.5? Give me the under here. At most, this game has 3-2 written all over it if we even get that far, so I’ll side with the under and expect a low-scoring game in this one.
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