A fun late season game is set for Thursday night when the Minnesota Wild (44-23-10, 20-12-6 away) visit the Pittsburgh Penguins (38-30-10, 22-12-5 home). Minnesota has clinched their spot in the playoffs and are now playing for the Central Division title. Pittsburgh is in a three-team battle for the two Wild Card spots and currently sits as the odd team out. Below is my NHL pick for the Wild vs Penguins.
Minnesota Wild vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Pick
The Pick: Minnesota Wild +112 @ BetUs
This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2023.
Why Bet The Minnesota Wild:
✅ Minnesota is playing well at the right time as they have won 12 of their last 18 games played.
✅ On the road, the Wild have been fantastic of late, winning seven of their last 10 games away from the XCEL Center.
✅ Pittsburgh is collapsing at the wrong time as they have gone just 4-8 in their last 12 games played.
Minnesota Wild are Looking to Win the Division
Minnesota enters this game on the heels of back-to-back losses against the Vegas Golden Knights. The latest loss took place on their home ice where they lost 4-3 in a shootout. The Wild had been playing great, but the tough home and home took some of their momentum away. Still, Minnesota is battling it out with the Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche for first place in the Central Division.
Kirill Kaprizov has been great all season long and leads the Wild with 39 goals and 74 points. Mats Zuccarello has dished out a team high 44 assists on the year.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are Battling for their Playoff Lives
Pittsburgh has been alternating wins and loses over the past week and are in dire need of a winning streak at this point of the season. Coming off a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, the Penguins visited the New Jersey Devils and were beaten 5-1.
Sidney Crosby is still getting it done for the Penguins as he leads the team with 57 assists and 88 points this season. Jake Guentzel has scored a team high 35 goals on the year.