Ducks vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks 1/27/24

Minnesota Wild (21-22-5) vs Anaheim Ducks (16-30-2)

Game Info: Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -225 / Anaheim Ducks +184 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Anaheim Ducks will play the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Anaheim has lost four of their last five games, while Minnesota has won three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Ducks vs Wild prediction. 

Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks are 16-30-2 this year after they lost to Dallas in overtime by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Anaheim led 3-2 early in the third period, but allowed Dallas to tie the game and win in overtime. The Ducks were out shot by a total of 44-21 and went 2-2 on the penalty kill in the game. Anaheim defeated Buffalo by a score of 4-2 in the game prior to Dallas, but lost to the Rangers, Sharks, and Capitals before that. The Ducks are scoring 2.54 goals per game and they are allowing 3.46 goals against per game, while going 18.7% on the power play and 77.7% on the penalty kill. Frank Vatrano has led Anaheim with 21 goals, 13 assists, and 153 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Anaheim is John Gibson, who is 9-19-1 this year with a 3.09 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. 

Anaheim Ducks Player Prop Facts

  • Adam Henrique has scored at least one goal in three of the Ducks' last four games.
  • Mason McTavish has recorded a point in each of his last four appearances against Western Conference opponents.
  • Frank Vatrano has recorded an assist in five of his last six appearances against the Wild.
  • Leo Carlsson ranks T1st amongst rookies for shootout goals (1) this season.

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 21-22-5 this season after they lost to Nashville by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Minnesota led 1-0 in the third period, but allowed the Predators to score the next three goals in the loss. The Wild were out shot by a total of 29-24 and went 2-4 on the power play in the game. Minnesota defeated the Capitals, Hurricanes, and Panthers in the three games prior to Nashville. The Wild are scoring 3.00 goals per game and they are allowing 3.35 goals against per game, while going 21.3% on the power play and 73.2% on the penalty kill. Kirill Kaprizov has led Minnesota with 18 goals, 26 assists, and 133 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Filip Gustavsson, who is 13-12-2 this year with a 3.28 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. 

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Joel Eriksson Ek has scored at least one goal in five of the Wild's last six games.
  • Jared Spurgeon has recorded at least one point in each of his last six home appearances against the Ducks.
  • Mats Zuccarello has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Wild's last eight games against the Ducks.
  • Brock Faber ranks 1st amongst rookies for average time on ice (24:48) this season.

Ducks vs Wild Betting Prediction

Minnesota looked like they were on their way to their fourth straight win in their last game, but they played a poor third period and came away with the loss. Anaheim has lost four of their last five games and they also blew a third period lead in their last game. The Wild are 12-10-3 at home, while Anaheim is 9-13-1 on the road this year. Minnesota has played pretty well since they made their coaching change, while Anaheim continues to rack up the losses. Take the Wild -1.5 in this matchup. 

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

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