The Canucks and Wild are set to face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Wild will host the game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The Canucks are favored by -1.5 in a Western conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 6.5 goals.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK

The Pick: Minnesota Wild +1.5

This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 2:00 ET on Monday, February 19th.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Wild to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Wild on the moneyline (-103)
  • The Wild are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Canucks Make it Happen in St. Paul?

With a record of 37-13-6, the Canucks sit atop the Western Conference standings and have won two straight games on the road. Over their last 10 games, Vancouver has gone 6-4.

Against other Western Conference teams, the Canucks have gone 19-10 this season. When playing on the road, Vancouver has a record of 18-8-4.

On the season, Vancouver has 25 wins by multiple goals and 12 wins by one goal. The Canucks have gone 35-21 against the puck line, including an 18-17 mark as the favorite. So far, Vancouver’s average scoring margin is +1.1 goals per game, and they have gone 18-12 against the puck line on the road.

Over their last ten road games, the Canucks have gone just 5-5 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is +.7 goals per game. In their last ten games overall, Vancouver’s puck line record is 4-6, and they have gone 2-3 against the puck line in their last five games.

This season, Vancouver’s games are averaging 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.4. The Canucks currently have an over/under record of 32-21-3.

Across their three previous road games, Vancouver has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Canucks come in averaging 3.7 goals per game this season, which is 3rd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. This season, the Canucks are 16-6 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 20-7 record.

Vancouver’s leading goal scorer is Brock Boeser. So far this season, he has 30 goals, placing him 10th in the NHL. Boeser also comes into the game with 24 assists.

Defensively, the Wild are currently 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 19th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Casey DeSmith comes into the game having made 15 starts this season. So far, his record is 7-3 and he has a save percentage of 0.476%.

No Pressure for Minnesota as Home Dogs

At 25-24-6, the Wild are currently in 6th place in the Central Division and 10th in the Western Conference. Over their last ten games, Minnesota has gone 7-3 and they have won four straight games when playing as the underdog.

So far this season, the Wild have gone 13-12-4 at home and 9-17-3 when they have been the underdog. In games against other Western Conference teams, Minnesota has gone 11-13.

Minnesota comes into the game with a puck line record of 28-26 overall and 18-11 on the road. So far this season, the Wild have 16 wins by multiple goals and 15 losses by more than one goal.

When looking at their last ten games at home, the Wild have gone 4-6 against the puck line. Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is at -0.2 goals per game, and they have gone 18-11 against the puck line as the underdog.

Games involving Minnesota have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Wild come in with a record of 25-25-4.

Across their three previous road games, Vancouver has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.

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 19th in the league. So far this year, the Wild are 14-10 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 11-14 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Minnesota will be looking for a good game from Joel Eriksson Ek who leads the team in scoring with 25 goals, ranking 22nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Eriksson Ek has 20 assists this season.

Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 19th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 19th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Filip Gustavsson gets the start and has made 31 starts this season. His record at this point is 15-13, and his save percentage is 0.811%.