SUNDAY NHL TOP-TIER PICK
Minnesota Wild (35-27-7) at Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6)
The Canucks finished in a playoff position, but I feel like the Wild are the better team here. Yes, the Canucks will have the best player on the ice in Elias Pettersson, but this hiatus allowed the Wild to get healthy and allowed the older guys on their team like Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and co. to all get healthy. Not to mention the Wild have the more consistent goaltender pairing of Alex Stalock and Devan Dubnyk. I think the Canucks are top-heavy while the Wild have more balance and I think the experienced Wild get off on the right foot so I’ll back Minnesota as my premium pick for this game.