Canucks vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks 2/19/24

Minnesota Wild (25-23-6) vs Vancouver Canucks (37-13-6)

Game Info: Monday, February 19, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -104 / Vancouver Canucks -115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

Canucks Preview

The Vancouver Canucks are 37-13-6 this season after they lost to Winnipeg by a score of 4-2 in their last game. Vancouver tied the game at two in the second period, but allowed Winnipeg to score the last two goals in the game for the loss. The Canucks out shot Winnipeg by a total of 37-28 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Vancouver had won their previous three games against Detroit, Chicago, and Washington. The Canucks are scoring 3.66 goals per game and they are allowing 2.57 goals against per game, while going 23.1% on the power play and 79.9% on the penalty kill. Elias Pettersson has 28 goals, 44 assists, and 147 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Vancouver is Thatcher Demko, who is 30-10-1 this year with a 2.45 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. 

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 25-23-6 this year after they lost to Buffalo in overtime by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Minnesota led 2-1 in the third period, but gave up the tying goal with 37 seconds left and lost in overtime. The Wild out shot Buffalo by a total of 32-28 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. Minnesota had won their previous four games against Arizona, Vegas, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. The Wild are scoring 2.98 goals per game and they are allowing 3.22 goals against per game, while going 20.7% on the power play and 75.1% on the penalty kill. Kirill Kaprizov has led Minnesota with 20 goals, 31 assists, and 160 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Filip Gustavsson, who is 15-13-3 this year with a 3.18 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. 

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have won each of their last four games as underdogs.
  • The Wild have failed to cover the puck line in seven of their last eight games at Xcel Energy Center against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in 14 of the Wild's last 15 games as underdogs.
  • The Wild have lost the first period in each of their last five games as underdogs after coming off overtime.

Vancouver Canucks Team Facts

  • The Canucks have won each of their last seven games following a home loss.
  • The Canucks have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight day games following a home loss.
  • The Canucks have won the second period in three of their last four day games following a loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Canucks' last six games as favorites.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Kirill Kaprizov has scored a goal in each of his last three appearances with the Wild as home underdogs.
  • Brock Faber has recorded at least one point in each of the Wild's last five games as underdogs.
  • Kirill Kaprizov has recorded at least one assist in each of the Wild's last four games.
  • Declan Chisholm ranks T1st amongst rookies for shooting percentage (100.0%) this season.

Vancouver Canucks Player Prop Facts

  • J.T. Miller has scored a goal in three of the Canucks' last four day games.
  • Elias Lindholm has recorded at least one point in five of his last six appearances at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Conor Garland has recorded an assist in each of the Canucks' last three games against the Wild.
  • Filip Hronek ranks T1st in the league for Plus/Minus (+38) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Minnesota Wild rank 31st in the league for Period 3 goals allowed per game this season (1.41).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 29th in the league for power play goals against this season (46).
  • The Vancouver Canucks rank 3rd in the league for goals against per game this season (2.57).
  • The Vancouver Canucks are one of three teams to rank in the top 10 for both goals scored and goals conceded per game this season.

Canucks vs Wild Betting Prediction

Both of these teams have been playing very well recently, but both are coming off of a loss in their last game. The Canucks are 18-8-4 on the road, while Minnesota is 13-11-4 at home this season. Vancouver has been one of the best teams in the NHL so far this year, but I don’t love how they have played in their last two games. The Canucks lost to Winnipeg and they beat Detroit in those two games, but Detroit out shot them and had a number of missed chances. Minnesota has played great defense recently and they have allowed three goals or fewer in nine straight games. Take the Wild at home. 

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

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