Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Bridgestone Arena will be the site for a divisional tilt as the Nashville Predators welcome the visiting Minnesota Wild. It’s the fifth and last time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. Fox Sports North will showcase the action, which gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 27.

Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators Odds

With a -170 moneyline, Nashville enters the game as the heavy favorite. The line for Minnesota sits at +150, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 money on the under, +100 on the over).

Earning 13.5 units for moneyline bettors, Nashville is 48-27 straight up (SU) overall this year. That win percentage, ranked second in the NHL so far in this young season, is a solid improvement compared to how the team performed during the 2016-17 season (41-41). Through 75 regular season outings, 37 of the teams games have gone over the total, while another 37 have gone under and just one has pushed. The teams 25-12 SU at home this year.

The Predators have converted on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 10th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.2 percent of all penalties.

The Predators, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 4.5 times per game overall this season, 4.2 per game over their past five games total, and 4.6 per game over their last five home outings. The teams had to defend opposition power plays for just 8.4 minutes per game over their last five outings, in total.

Averaging 29.2 saves per game with a .928 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (40-15-4) has been the primary option in goal for Nashville this season. If Nashville chooses to give him the night off, however, head coach Peter Laviolette might go with Juuse Saros (8-13-13 record, .925 save percentage, 2.44 goals against average).

Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg will each lead the offensive attack for the Predators. Arvidsson (58 points) has tallied 28 goals and 30 assists and has recorded multiple points on 16 different occasions this year. Forsberg has 21 goals and 34 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 38 games.

On the other side of the rink, Minnesota is 42-33 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.1 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 75 regular season matches, 38 of its games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just four have pushed. As an away team, the Wild are 17-19 SU.

The Wild have converted on 20.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 18th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Minnesota’s players have been called for penalties 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Devan Dubnyk (27.0 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Minnesota. Dubnyk owns a 33-21-6 record, while registering a .916 save percentage and 2.60 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Wild will be Eric Staal, who has 39 goals and 33 assists this year.

Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators Betting Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Over Nashville’s last ten outings, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
  • Power-play opportunities could prove to be even more critical than usual tonight. The Wild are 12-11 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 29-17 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total. The Predators are 17-6 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 24-14 when their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Two of Nashville’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 5-7 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The over has hit in three of Nashville’s last five outings.
  • Nashville has allowed 2.6 goals per game overall this season, but is giving up 4.7 goals per contest on its three-game losing streak.
  • Nashville has averaged 16.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.6 giveaways per game (ranked 16th).
  • Minnesota skaters have averaged 5.8 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 6.1 giveaways per game (ranked second in the league).