Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights - 4/1/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights - 4/1/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (24-8-1) vs Minnesota Wild (21-10-2)

Game Info: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -167 / Minnesota Wild +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night.

The Minnesota Wild come into this one after paying a visit to the San Jose Sharks in the first leg of their back-to-back on Wednesday night. Heading into Wednesday’s action, Kirill Kaprizov led the way with 27 points including team-highs of 11 goals and 16 assists while Mats Zuccarello and Joel Greenway each have 21 points with 5 goals and 16 assists. Joel Eriksson Ek has 17 points with 11 goals and Kevin Fiala has 17 points as well with 10 goals on the year. As a teami, Minnesota is averaging 2.9 goals on 29.1 shots per game with a 9.7% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.5 goals on 30.4 shots with an 85.8% success rate on the PK this season.

The Vegas Golden Knights come into this one on their second half of the back-to-back as well after battling the Los Angeles Kings at home on Wednesday. Heading into Wednesday’s action, Mark Stone leads the way with 40 poitns including 12 goals and a team-high 28 assists while Max Pacioretty has a team-high 18 goals and 127 shots on goal as part of his 33-point tally this season. Shea Theodore has 26 points with 21 assists while Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson each have 16 assists on the year. Alex Tuch has also chipped in 13 goals and Chandler Stephenson has 13 assists for the Golden Knights this season. As a team, Vegas is averaging 3.3 goals on 30.7 shots with a 19.6% success rate on the PP while giving up 2.2 goals on 27.3 shots with an 84.9% success rate killing off penalties this season.

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Minnesota is 6-2 in their last 8 games on no rest and 4-9 in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 10-1 in their last 11 road games. Vegas is 20-8 in their last 28 games on no rest and 9-3 in their last 12 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games played on no rest. The home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

This is a tough one to call with both teams on the back-to-back and while Minnesota’s capable of hanging on the road, they’re also a streaky team and losses could come in bunches. On the other hand, Vegas is good at home but they’ve stumbled in their own right lately. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. It’s been the common theme in this matchup and Minnesota plays in a ton of high-scoring games on the road, going over in 10 of their last 11 away from home. Add in the fatigue on the back-to-back and I think a shootout is in the cards here.

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