Canadiens vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 12/21/23

Minnesota Wild (13-13-4) vs Montreal Canadiens (14-13-4)

Game Info: Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -189 / Montreal Canadiens +150 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at Xcel Energy  Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Canadiens vs Wild prediction.

Wild Coming off One of the Biggest Wins of the Season

The Wild haven’t had the best season, but they are coming off a big victory in the last game. The Wild faced off against the Boston Bruins in the last game and they were able to secure a 4-3 victory in overtime. Mac-Andre Fleury had a strong game stopping 40 of the 43 shots that he faced. The Wild are averaging 3.0 goals while their defense is giving up 3.2 goals per game. In this game, the Wild are going to need the defense to step up in a big way. Mats Zuccarello has scored six goals and added 22 assists. The Wild are 12th in the West with 30 points, a point behind the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames.

Canadiens Have Won Two Straight Games

The Canadiens have won two straight games and in the last game against the Winnipeg Jets, they were able to secure the 3-2 victory in overtime. Josh Anderson has scored a goal and added an assist. The Canadiens are averaging 2.71 goals while their defense is giving up 3.32 goals per game. The offense is ranked 27th in the league while the defense is ranked 22nd. Nick Suzuki is having a strong season and he has scored eight goals and added 18 assists so far this season. The Canadiens are 12th in the East with 32 points, two less than the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings.

Canadiens vs Wild Betting Prediction

The Canadiens offense is averaging only 2.71 goals per game and they are going to really struggle again in this game. The WIld’s defense is going to step up in a big way here. The Wild in the last game scored four goals and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. The Wild will get out to a fast start and they are going to secure the victory here. Back the Wild on the money line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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