Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild Matchup Preview 3/25/19

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Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi, and the Nashville Predators will do battle against Zach Parise, Eric Staal, and the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center for a divisional showdown. The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 25, and it can be seen live on NBC Sports Network.

Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild Odds

This contest’s moneyline and Over/Under odds have not been posted by oddsmakers yet.

Nashville is 42-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 76 regular season contests, 42 of its games have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the road team this season, the Preds are 19-19 SU.

Nashville has converted on just 13.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.5 percent of all penalties..

Sporting a .915 save percentage and 25.4 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (27-25-5) has been the top option in goal for Nashville this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, Nashville may roll with Juuse Saros (16-13-2), who has a .915 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average this year.

On the other bench, Minnesota is 35-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.6 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 76 regular season contests, 39 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just seven have pushed. It’s 15-23 SU at home this season.

The Wild have converted on just 20.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Devan Dubnyk (25.6 saves per game) has been the top option in the crease for the Wild. Dubnyk has 30 wins, 33 losses, and six overtime losses and has registered a pedestrian 2.60 goals against average and a .911 save percentage this year.

Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Three of the Predators’ last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-1 in those games and 4-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The under has hit in each of Nashville’s last five games.
  • Seven of Minnesota’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 2-5 overall in those games.
  • Nashville skaters registered 21.0 hits per game last season, while the Wild posted 16.9 hits per matchup.