Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights odds, picks and prediction
The Vegas Golden Knights (13-4-1) once again play host to the Minnesota Wild (12-6-1) Wednesday after coming away with a 5-4 overtime victory Monday. Puck drop at T-Mobile Arena will be at 10 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Wild-Golden Knights odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
Golden Knights LW Max Pacioretty scored Monday's OT winner after D Nicolas Hague and RW Alex Tuch forced the extra session with third-period goals. Minnesota led by scores of 2-1 and 4-2 in a second frame that saw six total goals scored.
This will be just the second meeting of the season between two of the top three teams in the West Division.
Wild at Golden Knights: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line : Wild +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Golden Knights -145 (bet $145 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS : Wild +1.5 (-225) | Golden Knights -1.5 (+185)
- Over/Under : 5.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
Wild at Golden Knights: Projected starting goalies
Cam Talbot (4-2-1, .917 SV%, 2.55 GAA) vs. Marc-Andre Fleury (10-3-0, .935 SV%, 1.77 GAA)
Talbot took the overtime loss Monday by allowing all 5 goals on a 39-shot bombardment from Vegas. It was the highest shot count faced by Talbot this season. He earned the win over the Los Angeles Kings last week in his return to the lineup after nearly a month-long absence.
Fleury has won three straight games, even though his 4 goals allowed Monday matched a season-high. He had stopped 62 of 64 shots in his previous two victories, including a 34-save shutout against the Colorado Avalanche.
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Wild at Golden Knights: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Golden Knights 3, Wild 1
Money line (ML)
The GOLDEN KNIGHTS (-145) are the play once again at a similar price to Monday's closing line. Vegas went 2-for-3 on the power play in the victory, but more importantly, didn't surrender a power-play chance to the Wild.
Even with less discipline Wednesday, the Knights have the advantage with the NHL's fourth-ranked penalty kill and the Wild's last-ranked power play.
Vegas has a sizable edge over Minnesota in 5-on-5 Corsi For percentage for the season. That played out Monday with the Knights registering 56.19% of the total shot attempts and 52.17% of the scoring chances at full strength in the first head-to-head meeting of the season.
Against the spread (ATS)
Add some value by backing the GOLDEN KNIGHTS -1.5 (+185) to win by 2 or more goals. The goaltending, special teams and analytic edges all go to Vegas, and the Knights scored the final 3 goals of Monday's game.
Bet UNDER 5.5 (-105) with Monday's game being an outlier for both starting goaltenders. Each had played well in their previous game and should bounce back.
Vegas had played to seven straight Unders coming into Monday.
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