Coyotes vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 1/13/24

Minnesota Wild (17-19-4) vs Arizona Coyotes (20-18-2)

Game Info: Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -156 / Arizona Coyotes +135 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Arizona Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night. Who will come out on top in this Central division clash? Let’s dive in and find out with our Coyotes vs. Wild Prediction.

Arizona Coyotes Team Preview

The Arizona Coyotes come into this one looking to bounce back from a 6-2 loss to Calgary in their last matchup. Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 35 points including 5 goals and 20 assists while Matias Maccelli has 29 points with a team-high 22 assists. Lawson Crouse has 26 points with a team-high 17 goals while Nick Schmaltz has 26 points with 13 goals and 13 assists and Alex Kerfoot has 24 points with 19 assists as well. Connor Ingram has posted a 14-8 record with a 2.62 GAA and a .915 save percentage in goal for Arizona while Karel Vejmelka is 6-10-2 with a 3.32 GAA and an .899 save percentage this season.

Arizona Coyotes Team Facts

  • The Coyotes have lost eight of their last nine games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • The Coyotes have covered the puck line in each of their last five games against the Wild.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Coyotes' last eight games against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Coyotes have lost the first period in each of their last eight games as underdogs.

Minnesota Wild Team Preview

The Minnesota Wild come into this one looking to bounce back after a 4-3 OT loss to Philadelphia last time out. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 34 points including 13 goals and 21 assists while Mats Zuccarello has 30 points with a team-high 24 assists. Joel Eriksson Ek has 28 points with a team-high 15 goals while Matt Boldy has 27 points with 15 goals and 12 assists and Marco Rossi has 24 points with 12 goals and 12 assists as well. Filip Gustavsson has posted a 10-9-2 record with a 2.95 GAA and a .903 save percentage while Marc-Andre Fleury is 7-9-2 with a 3.12 GAA and an .892 save percentage this season.

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The favorites have won each of the Wild's last nine games.
  • The Wild have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last six games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in 12 of the Wild's last 13 games.
  • The Wild have won the first period in each of their last five games as favorites against Western Conference opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Minnesota Wild rank 30th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (72.66%).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 31st in the league for power play goals against this season (38).
  • The Arizona Coyotes are one of only two teams to win 3+ games when trailing after Period 2 this season.
  • The Arizona Coyotes rank 30th in the league for shots per game this season (27.3).

Coyotes vs. Wild Prediction

I’m on Minnesota here. I was initially leaning towards Arizona and the plus money, but there’s rumblings that the Wild could get Kirill Kaprizov back for this game which could be huge considering the fact that Kaprizov still lead Minnesota in scoring. The Coyotes are a much stronger team on home ice, and have been going back to last year. I think if the Wild can’t snap the skid now, it’s going to be a long couple of weeks ahead. Give me Minnesota.

Chris’s Pick Minnesota ML

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