Eric Staal, Ryan Suter, and the Minnesota Wild will face off against Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena for a Western Conference tilt. This one gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19 and it’ll air live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds
Vancouver (-135) is currently favored over Minnesota (+115), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
Vancouver is 32-27 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.9 units this season. That winning percentage, the best in the Pacific Division in this young season, is a welcomed improvement over the 35-47 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 59 regular season outings, 31 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 19-10 SU at home this year.
The Canucks have been able to convert on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 30.3 saves per game with a .918 save percentage, Jacob Markstrom (22-19-3) has been the primary goalkeeper for Vancouver this season. If the Nucks, however, decide to give him a rest, the team may turn to Thatcher Demko (10-9-9 record, .905 save percentage, 3.04 goals against average).
On the other side of the ice, Minnesota is 27-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.2 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 27 of its outings have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under the total and just five have pushed. As the visiting team, the Wild are 10-17 SU so far.
The Wild have scored on 22.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all penalties.
Alex Stalock (25.3 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Minnesota. Stalock owns a 15-15-4 record, while registering a .909 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this year.
Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under
The Wild are 9-11 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Canucks are 12-8 SU when they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
Vancouver is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Minnesota is 1-3 in shootouts.
For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in four of their past five matches.
Minnesota skaters have averaged 7.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 6.7 giveaways per game (ranked first in the league).
Vancouver has averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 8.0 giveaways per game (ranked 6th).