Betting on today’s Wild and Golden Knights game? Catch the action at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, as the Golden Knights hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Western conference game currently have the Golden Knights as the -1.5 goal favorite with the over/under line sitting at 5.5 goals.
MINNESOTA WILD VS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Vegas Golden Knights -1.5
This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena at 10:00 ET on Monday, February 12th.
WHY BET THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS:
- Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Wild.
- We like the Wild on the moneyline (+122)
- The Wild are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Do the Wild Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?
Heading into the game, the Wild are 12th in the Western Conference with 51 points and an overall record of 23-23-5. In the Central Division, Minnesota is in 6th place, and they have gone 4-8 against divisional opponents this season.
On the road, the Wild have won three straight games and have a record of 10-12-2 this season. As the underdog, Minnesota has gone 8-17-3, and they have won three straight games when not favored.
Minnesota enters this game with an overall puck line record of 26-25, including going 5-5 over their last ten games. So far this year, the Wild have gone 17-11 against the puck line as the underdog, and they have 15 losses by multiple goals.
Over their last ten road games, the Wild have gone 5-5 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road this year is -.3 goals per contest. Minnesota’s puck line record as the underdog is 13-11, and they have gone just 9-14 against the puck line when favored.
For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Minnesota is 6.3. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.2. The Wild come in with an over/under record of 24-23-4.
Across their last three road contests, Minnesota has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 3-0, while averaging 4 goals per game.
When looking at their offense, the Wild have an average of 3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 21st in the league. The Minnesota offense is ranked 13th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 25th in the NHL.
Minnesota’s current leading scorer is Joel Eriksson Ek. This season, he has 21 goals, which puts him 33rd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Eriksson Ek has 19 assists this season.
Vegas defense takes on the Wild ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Vegas. They also are 19th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Filip Gustavsson gets the start and has made 29 starts this season. His record at this point is 14-13, and his save percentage is 0.798%.
Can the Golden Knights Pull Off a Home Win?
At home this season, the Golden Knights have been dominant, going 19-5-2. Overall, Vegas is 31-15-6 and has won two straight games. In the Western Conference standings, the Golden Knights are in third place and second in the Pacific Division.
Over their last ten games, Vegas has gone 7-3 and have won four straight games at home. As the favorite, the Golden Knights have gone 19-9-4 this season and have won two straight games when favored.
At home, the Golden Knights have an average scoring margin of +1.2 goals per game, and their puck line record at home is 15-11. Overall, Vegas has 18 wins by multiple goals and 13 wins by one goal.
So far this season, the Golden Knights have been favored in 32 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 12-20. In their last ten games at home, Vegas has an 8-2 puck line record.
The average goal total for Vegas’ games is sitting at 6. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Golden Knights come in with an over/under record of 23-29-0.
Minnesota has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
On offense, the Golden Knights are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 12th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. The Golden Knights went 14-10 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 16-5.
Vegas’ leading scorer is Jonathan Marchessault. So far, he has 26 goals which is 13th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Marchessault has 16 assists this season.
Defensively, the Golden Knights come into the season ranked 11th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Vegas. For the season, they are ranked 19th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Logan Thompson gets the start and has made 29 starts this season. His record at this point is 16-10, and his save percentage is 0.817%.