Predators vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks 1/25/24

Minnesota Wild (21-21-5) vs Nashville Predators (25-21-1)

Game Info: Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -118 / Nashville Predators -102 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nashville Predators will play the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Nashville has lost three of their last four games, while Minnesota is on a three game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Predators vs Wild prediction. 

Predators Preview

The Nashville Predators are 25-21-1 this year after they lost to Florida by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Nashville tied the game at one in the second period, but they allowed the last three goals in the game for the loss. The Predators were out shot by a total of 38-27 and went 0-5 on the power play in the game. Nashville lost to Arizona by a score of 3-2 in the game prior to Florida, but did defeat LA by a score of 2-1 before that. The Predators are scoring 3.02 goals per game and they are allowing 3.11 goals against per game, while going 20% on the power play and 77.5% on the penalty kill. Filip Forsberg has led Nashville with 22 goals, 27 assists, and 185 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Nashville is Juuse Saros, who is 18-18-1 this year with a 2.94 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. 

Nashville Predators Player Prop Facts

  • Filip Forsberg has scored at least one goal in four of the Predators' last five games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • Gustav Nyquist has recorded at least one point in 12 of his last 13 appearances with his team as an underdog against Central Division opponents.
  • Roman Josi has recorded at least one assist in nine of his last 10 appearances against the Wild after playing less than 20 minutes in the Predators' last game.
  • Gustav Nyquist ranks T2nd in the Central Division for shootout goals (2) this season.

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 21-21-5 this season after they defeated the Capitals by a score of 5-3 in their last game. Minnesota led 3-0 in the second period and they were able to extend the lead to 5-1 and coast to the win. The Wild were out shot by a total of 33-30 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Minnesota defeated Carolina by a score of 5-2 and Florida by a score of 6-4 in the two games prior to Washington. The Wild are scoring 3.02 goals per game and they are allowing 3.36 goals against per game, while going 20.5% on the power play and 72.8% on the penalty kill. Kirill Kaprizov has led Minnesota with 18 goals, 24 assists, and 131 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Filip Gustavsson, who is 13-11-2 this year with a 3.29 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. 

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Joel Eriksson Ek has scored at least one goal in four of the Wild's last five games.
  • Joel Eriksson Ek has recorded at least one point in seven of the Wild's last eight games.
  • Mats Zuccarello has recorded an assist in each of his last four appearances against the Predators after playing less than 20 minutes in the Wild's last game.
  • Brock Faber ranks 1st amongst rookies for average time on ice (24:44) this season.

Predators vs Wild Betting Prediction

The Wild come into this game playing very well and they are on a three game winning streak, while Nashville has lost three of their last four games. The Predators are 12-9-1 on the road, while Minnesota is 12-9-3 on home ice. The Wild have scored 16 goals in their last three games and they are much healthier now than they were a few weeks ago. Nashville has scored a total of six goals in their last four games and I can’t take them until I see a better offensive effort. Take Minnesota at home. 

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

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