Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks Free Preview

Daniel GimenezHockey, NHL

Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund, and the Minnesota Wild will do battle against Rickard Rakell, Ryan Getzlaf, and the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in a Western Conference tilt. Fox Sports North will showcase the matchup, and the opening face-off takes place at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, November 9.

Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds

Minnesota is 9-6 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Seven of its contests have gone over the total, while six have gone under and just one has pushed. The Wild are 4-4 SU as a road team in 2018-19.

Minnesota has converted on 20.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 86.0 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 29.9 saves per game with a .932 save percentage, Devan Dubnyk (7-5-2) has been the best option in goal for Minnesota this season. Dubnyk did just play last night, however, so Minnesota could choose to rest him and go with Alex Stalock instead (2-1 record, .895 save percentage, 3.30 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Anaheim is 7-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 17 regular season matches, 11 of its games have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 4-5 SU at home so far this year.

The Ducks have converted on just 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

John Gibson has stopped 33.0 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Ducks. Gibson has five wins, eight losses, and three OT losses and has registered a 2.41 goals against average and a .933 save percentage this year.

Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • The total has gone under in each of Anaheim’s last five outings.
  • Over Minnesota’s last ten games, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-1 in those games).
  • Minnesota skaters notched 16.9 hits per game last season, while the Ducks forced 24.2 hits per contest.