Betting on today’s Ducks and Wild game? Catch the action at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, as the Wild hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Wild are the -1.5 goal favorites against the Ducks in a Western conference matchup.

ANAHEIM DUCKS VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK

The Pick: Minnesota Wild -1.5

This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, March 14th.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:

  • Based on projections, we have the Wild coming out on top by a score of 4-2.
  • Take the Wild on the moneyline
  • The Wild should also cover at -1.5

Can the Ducks Lock in a Win at St. Paul?

On the season, the Ducks have struggled to a record of 23-39-3, putting them in 14th place in the Western Conference. In the Pacific Division, Anaheim is in 7th place, and they have gone 5-11 against divisional opponents. On the road, the Ducks have gone 13-16-2, and they have lost three straight games.

As the underdog, Anaheim has gone 20-34-3 this season, and they have lost three straight games as the underdog. In their last ten games, the Ducks have gone just 3-7, and they have lost four of their last five games.

On the road this year, the Ducks have gone 18-13 vs. the puck line. So far, they have an average scoring differential of -1.0 goals per game, and their puck line record is at 34-31.

Over their last ten games, Anaheim’s puck line record is 5-5, and they have gone 6-4 vs. the puck line in their last ten road games. This season, the Ducks have dropped three straight games vs. the puck line as the underdog.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Anaheim is 6.2. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Ducks come in with an over/under record of 31-31-3.

Anaheim has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

The Ducks come into the game scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game, putting them 30th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 30th in the league. Looking at how the Ducks’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 22nd in power play goals and 8th in shorthanded goals.

The leading scorer for Anaheim’s offense is Frank Vatrano. Coming into the game he has 29 goals, ranking 23rd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Vatrano has 21 assists this season.

The Wild defense is currently 16th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Minnesota. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 22nd with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Minnesota, goalie Lukas Dostal has started 26 games in this season. His current record is 10-17, and his save percentage stands at 0.725%.

Will the Wild Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

At home this season, the Wild have gone 17-12-4, and they are currently on a three-game winning streak at home. In the Western Conference, Minnesota is in 10th place and has a record of 32-27-7.

As the favorite this season, the Wild have gone 20-7-3, and they have won four straight games when favored. Over their last ten games, Minnesota has gone 6-4, and they have a record of 8-12 against divisional opponents.

Minnesota enters the game with a puck line record of 35-31 and an average scoring margin of -.1 goals per game. So far, the Wild have 21 wins by multiple goals and have gone 12-18 against the puck line when favored.

At home, Minnesota has gone 16-17 against the puck line this season and 5-5 in their last ten games. Overall, the Wild have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games.

This season, Minnesota’s games are averaging 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.2. The Wild currently have an over/under record of 32-30-4.

Across their last three road contests, Anaheim has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 3 goals per game.

On offense, the Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 15th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 18th in the league. Looking at how the Wild’s offense is performing during power plays, they are 7th in power play goals and 30th in shorthanded goals.

Minnesota will be looking for a good game from Kirill Kaprizov who leads the team in scoring with 33 goals, ranking 14th in the NHL. Kaprizov also comes into the game with 40 assists.

Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 16th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 22nd in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Filip Gustavsson has started 37 games this season. His current record stands at 17-15, and his save percentage is 0.812%.