Planning on watching today’s Golden Knights and Wild game? Catch the action at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, as the Wild hosts this showdown at 3:30 ET on ESPN+. The Golden Knights are favored by -1.5 in a Western conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 5.5 goals.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK

The Pick: Minnesota Wild +1.5

This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 3:30 ET on Saturday, March 30th.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:

  • 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 (+100)
  • The Wild are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Is a Win at St. Paul Possible for the Golden Knights?

As the seventh seed in the Western Conference, the Vegas Golden Knights have gone 40-25-8 this season, including a 25-16 record against conference opponents. In the Pacific Division, Vegas is in third place with 88 points.

Over their last ten games, the Golden Knights have gone 7-3, and they have won three straight games as the favorite. On the road this season, Vegas has gone 17-14-6.

On the road this season, the Golden Knights have gone 18-19 vs. the puck line, and their average scoring margin is -.1 goals per game. So far, Vegas has gone 37-36 vs. the puck line, including a mark of 6-4 over their last ten games.

Overall, the Golden Knights have gone 25-23 in games decided by more than one goal, and their average scoring differential on the road is +.3 goals per contest. In their last ten road games, Vegas has gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.

Games involving Vegas have an average of 6.2 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.1. In terms of their over/under performance, the Golden Knights come in with a record of 35-38-0.

In their last three road games, Vegas has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.

For their offensive performance, the Golden Knights come in averaging 3.2 goals per game this season, which is 14th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 14th in the league. So far this year, the Golden Knights are 21-15 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 18-10 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Vegas’ leading goal scorer is Jonathan Marchessault. So far this season, he has 39 goals, placing him 12th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Marchessault has 23 assists this season.

Minnesota defense takes on the Golden Knights ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.7 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 10th in shutouts, with 5 shutouts.

Goalie Logan Thompson comes into the game having made 36 starts this season. So far, his record is 21-12 and he has a save percentage of 0.773%.

Can the Wild Lock in a Home Win?

At home this season, the Wild have gone 19-12-5, and they have been the underdog in 37 of their 72 games this season. In the Western Conference, Minnesota is in 10th place, and in the Central Division, they are in 6th place. Over their last ten games, the Wild have gone 6-4, and they have gone 35-28-9 overall this season.

Against other teams in the Western Conference, Minnesota has gone 21-20 this season, and they have been the underdog in 12 of their 37 games against teams from the West. In their last three games, the Wild have gone 1-2, and they have gone 2-3 in their last five games overall.

Minnesota comes in with an average scoring differential of -.1 goals per game, and they have been the underdog in 37 of their 71 games. So far, the Wild have gone 23-14 vs. the puck line as the underdog, and they have 24 wins by multiple goals.

Overall, the team’s puck line record is 38-34, including going 18-18 at home. In their last ten games at home, the Wild have gone 6-4 vs. the puck line.

This season, Minnesota’s games have an average of 6.3 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.1. The Wild come in with an over/under performance of 34-34-4.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Vegas has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 20th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 21st in the league. Minnesota’s offense is currently ranked 11th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 30th in the league.

Minnesota will be looking for a good game from Kirill Kaprizov who leads the team in scoring with 36 goals, ranking 15th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Kaprizov has 45 assists this season.

Defensively, the Wild are currently 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 10th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury comes into the game having made 32 starts this season. So far, his record is 16-12 and he has a save percentage of 0.691%.