Minnesota Wild at Arizona Coyotes - 3/5/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Arizona Coyotes - 3/5/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes (10-9-3) vs Minnesota Wild (12-7-1)

Game Info: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes +125 / Minnesota Wild -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Friday night.

The Minnesota Wild will look to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights in their last matchup. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 17 points coming on 6 goals and 11 assists while Joel Greenway has 15 points with a team-high 12 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno each have 12 points with Eriksson Ek logging a team-high 8 goals while Foligno has 7 goals and 5 assists for the Wild up to this point in the year. Mats Zuccarello has 11 points with 3 goals and 8 assists. Kaapo Kahkonen continues to lead the Wild in goal, going 8-4 with a 2.41 GAA while Cam Talbot has 4 wins with a 2.73 GAA this season.

The Arizona Coyotes will look to build on their 3-2 win over the Kings in their last matchup. Conor Garland leads the ‘Yotes in scoring with 20 points including a team-high 13 assists while Phil Kessel, Jakob Chychrun and Christian Dvorak each have 16 points with Dvorak logging 9 goals and 7 assists while Kessel’s split his points between 8 goals and 8 assists and Chychrun has 11 assists. Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz each have 15 points with 7 goals and 8 assists and Joel Oesterle has 10 points with 9 assists. Darcy Kuemper continues to see the bulk of the action in goal for Arizona, putting up 6 wins and a shutout with a 2.41 GAA on the year.

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Minnesota is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Arizona is 6-16 in their last 22 games following a win 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Minnesota is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.

I think a case could be made for either side here, as the Wild have been in better form and have had the bulk of the success against the Coyotes in the last couple of seasons while Minnesota’s also been struggling since having their winning streak snapped a few nights ago. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. These two teams play a defensive style to begin with and Arizona’s dead last in terms of getting shots on goal. I think we see max 5 goals in this game, so give me the under here.

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