Wild vs Devils Prediction - NHL Picks 3/21/23
New Jersey Devils (45-18-7) vs Minnesota Wild (40-22-8)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -180 / Minnesota Wild +150 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Wild will play the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The Minnesota Wild are 40-22-8 this season after they defeated the Washington Capitals by a score of 5-3 in their last game. Minnesota out shot Washington by a total of 40-36 and went 0-3 on the power play in the win. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.90 goals per game, 2.67 goals against per game, 22.3% on the power play, and 80.3% on the penalty kill. Mats Zuccarello has led the Wild this season with 39 goals, 35 assists, and 250 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Filip Gustavsson, who is 17-9-5 this season with a 2.08 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.
The New Jersey Devils are 45-18-7 this season after they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-2 in their last game. New Jersey out shot Tampa Bay by a total of 39-24 and won 62.3% of the face-offs in the game. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.49 goals per game, 2.67 goals against per game, 21.1% on the power play, and 82.2% on the penalty kill. Jack Hughes has led the Devils this season with 37 goals, 44 assists, and 290 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New Jersey is Vitek Vanecek, who is 29-8-3 this season with a 2.51 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.
Minnesota is 12-4 in their last 16 games and 5-1 in their last 6 road games. The over is 6-0 in Minnesota’s last 6 games. New Jersey is 9-4 in their last 13 home games and 21-10 in their last 31 games. The over is 5-2 in New Jersey’s last 7 home games. Minnesota is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.
New Jersey comes into this game after losing three of their last four games, but they are coming off of a nice win against Tampa Bay. Minnesota has alternated wins and losses over their last five games and is battling for first place in the Central Division. Both teams are allowing 2.67 goals against per game, but New Jersey has been the much better offensive team this year. These two teams have played in higher scoring games recently, so I am taking the over here.
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