Lightning vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 1/4/24

Minnesota Wild (16-16-4) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (18-16-5)

Game Info: Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -111 / Tampa Bay Lightning -111 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

Wild Have Lost Three Games in a Row

The Wild have lost three games in a row and they don’t have a whole lot of confidence heading into this game. In the last game against the Calgary Flames, the Wild scored only a goal and they ended up losing by two goals. Marc-Andre Fluery saved 30 of the 32 shots that he faced. The Wild on the season are averaging 3.0 goals while their defense is giving up 3.17 goals per game. The offense is ranked 20th in the league while the defense is ranked 18th. Kirill Kaprizov is out injured for the next couple of weeks. 

How Do the Lightning Bounce Back

The Lightning faced off against the Winnipeg Jets in the last game and they really struggled. The offense scored two gals but the defense gave up four goals on the way to the defeat. Victor Hedman did finish the game with two assists. The Lightning are averaging 3.23 goals while their defense is giving up 3.46 goals per game. The defense is ranked 27th in the league. Nikita Kucherov has been the top player for the Lightning scoring 27 goals and adding 36 assists so far this season. 

Wild vs Lightning Betting Prediction 

The Wild’s offense struggled in the last game and they really haven’t looked good the last three games. The Lightning are averaging 3.23 goals and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. The Wild aren’t going to score more than a goal and that is going to be the difference here as the Lightning are going to get the job done here. Back the Lightning on the money line. 

Shane’s Pick Lightning ML

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