Looking to win big? The Predators and Wild face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Wild are hosting the game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The over/under for this Central division contest is set at 6 goals, with the Wild being favored by -1.5 at home against the Predators.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS 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, January 25th.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:

  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Predators winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Predators on the moneyline (+101)
  • The Predators are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Predators Come Through as Road Underdogs?

On the season, the Predators have gone 25-21-1 and are in 8th place in the Western Conference and 4th in the Central Division. On the road, Nashville has gone 12-9-1 and has lost two straight games. As the underdog, the Predators have gone 15-13-1 this season.

In their last ten games, the Predators have gone 5-5 and have dropped three straight games in which they were favored. Against other Western Conference teams, Nashville has gone 13-15 this season.

On the season, the Predators have a puck line record of 25-22, including going 5-5 in their last ten games. In their 29 games as the underdog, Nashville has a puck line mark of 19-10, and they have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten road games.

So far, the Predators have 13 wins by multiple goals compared to their 15 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten road games, Nashville has gone 7-3 against the puck line, and their average scoring differential on the road is .0 goals per game.

This season, Nashville’s games have an average of 6.2 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.2. The Predators come in with an over/under performance of 20-22-5.

Across the Predators last three road games, the team averaged 1 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.

On offense, the Predators are averaging 3 goals per game which is 18th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 13th in the league. This season, the Predators have a 12-11 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 12-10 record.

Nashville will be looking for a good game from Filip Forsberg who leads the team in scoring with 22 goals, ranking 20th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 27 assists so far.

Defensively, the Wild are currently 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.6 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 12th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Minnesota, goalie Juuse Saros has started 37 games in this season. His current record is 18-18, and his save percentage stands at 0.971%.

Do the Wild Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

At home this season, the Wild have gone 12-9-3 and have won three straight games. In the Central Division, Minnesota is in 7th place with a record of 3-7. Overall, the Wild are 21-21-5 and have won four of their last five games.

For the season, Minnesota has been favored in 20 games and has gone 14-4-2 in those games. Against Western Conference opponents, the Wild have gone 8-11. Over their last ten games, Minnesota is 5-5.

Minnesota comes into the game with a puck line record of 25-22. So far, they have 14 wins by multiple goals and have gone 9-11 against the puck line when favored. On the year, the Wild have an average scoring margin of -0.3 goals per game. In their last three games, the team has gone 3-0 against the puck line.

When playing at home, Minnesota has a puck line record of 12-12. Overall, they have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games at home. Against teams from the Western Conference, the Wild have an average scoring margin of -0.2 goals per game.

For the season, Minnesota’s games have finished with an average of 6.5 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.2. Overall, the Wild have an over/under record of 24-19-4.

In their last three games away from home, the Predators have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.

The Wild come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 19th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 20th in the league. Coming into the game, the Wild have a 12-8 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 9-13.

Minnesota will be looking for a good game from Joel Eriksson Ek who leads the team in scoring with 20 goals, ranking 30th in the NHL. Eriksson Ek also comes into the game with 18 assists.

Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 14th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.6 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Filip Gustavsson comes into the game having made 26 starts this season. So far, his record is 13-11 and he has a save percentage of 0.806%.