Wild vs Coyotes Prediction - NHL Picks 3/7/24

Arizona Coyotes (25-32-5) vs Minnesota Wild (29-27-6)

Game Info: Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Mullett Arena)

Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes +109 / Minnesota Wild -135 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes face off on Thursday in a NHL showdown at the Mullett Arena. The Wild Need this Win, while the Coyotes look to bounce back. 

Wild Have to Have This Win

The Wild need to pick up a win here as they have their backs against the wall in terms of making the playoffs. In the last game against the San Jose Sharks, the Wild scored four goals and they ended up winning by a goal. Kirill Kaprizov had a strong game putting up three goals. The Wild on the season is averaging 3.08 goals while their defense is giving up 3.23 goals per game. In this game if the Wild wants to secure a victory, the defense is going to need to step up in a big game. The Wild will meet the Avalanche and Predators after this one.

Coyotes Look to Bounce Back

The Coyotes in the last game faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks and the defense really struggled, giving up five goals. They gave up three goals in the second period and they couldn’t bounce back from that. The Coyotes are averaging 2.9 goals while their defense is giving up 3.3 goals per game. The offense is ranked 25th in the league, while the defense is ranked 23rd. This team has been inconsistent all season, and that has made them a hard team to bet on. Clayton Keller has scored 22 goals and added 30 assists. 

Arizona Coyotes Player Prop Facts

  • Clayton Keller has scored at least one goal in four of the Coyotes' last five games as home underdogs against Western Conference opponents.
  • Matias Maccelli has recorded at least one assist in four of the Coyotes' last five games.
  • Matias Maccelli has recorded at least one point in each of the Coyotes' last five games as underdogs.
  • Michael Carcone ranks 1st amongst qualified Western Conference players for shooting percentage (21.2%) this season.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Marcus Foligno has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances with the Wild as favorites.
  • Jared Spurgeon has recorded a point in four of his last five appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • Jared Spurgeon has recorded an assist in four of his last five appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • Brock Faber ranks 1st amongst rookies for average time on ice (25:07) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Arizona Coyotes rank 25th in the league for goals per game this season (2.90).
  • The Arizona Coyotes rank 31st in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.79).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 28th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (74.53%).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 2nd in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (0.84).

Wild vs Coyotes Betting Prediction

The Wild are going to get the job done, even on the road. Kaprizov has a ton of confidence heading into this game, and he’s going to score another couple of goals here. The Coyotes' offense is going to struggle like they have done all season, and that is going to be the difference here. Look for a 4-2 or 5-3 type of game with the Wild coming out on top. Back the Wild on the money line. 

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

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