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(43-18-6) Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes (28-27-11)
Now well into March, the Wild are still the class of the Central Division with 92 points, though the Chicago Blackhawks are white-hot and trail by only one point.
The Hurricanes are now in a battle for the basement in the Metro, five points ahead of the Devils. The Canes management are likely praying for losses to boost their draft selection odds.
The Wild revolve around their defense and goaltending, a recipe which the Los Angeles Kings have proven can be effective for winning the Cup.
But to some surprise, the Wild actually rank higher in goals per game than in goals against. The team is 2nd at 3.30 in goals per game and 4th in goals against at 2.4.
This team looks like the real deal, but playoffs is a different animal. They’ve tried to bolster up the middle in the tough Western Conference, paying a big price for the large, versatile center, Martin Hanzal.
They now can roll Hanzal, Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu as their top-three centers.
Mikael Granlund has taken his game to another level this year, leading the team with 23 goals and 63 points. Eric Staal appears to be liking life in Minny, netting 22 goals and 52 points in a resurgent season.
The play of Devan Dubnyk has been nothing short of excellent yet again this season and should see his name as a finalist on the Vezina ballot in June. Dubnyk owns a 2.07 GAA and a .931 SV% with 36 wins in 2016-17.
The Carolina Hurricanes sitting with 67 points, but in 7th overall in the Metro. The team has pieces implemented in the roster to build around moving forward, but need to continue to build for a couple years to be ready to contend.
Jaccob Slavin has been excellent, with 28 points in 66 games in his rookie year and ranking as the best Canes’ player with a plus-18 rating.
That looks even better in context when you consider that Carolina has a minus-23 goal differential.
Up front, Jeff Skinner is tops on the score sheet with 23 goals and 45 points.
While it seems like Skinner has been in the league forever, he is still just 24 years old and entering his prime. He’s joined by fellow youngsters Sebastien Aho, Victor Rask, Teuvo Teravainen and Elias Lindholm to form the core scoring group, along with veteran Jordan Staal.
The goaltending has been sub-par, with Cam Ward owning a .904 SV% and 2.68 GAA, and back-up Eddie Lack being so bad that his coach called him out and stated he couldn’t even play him to spell Ward.
Alex Nedeljkovic is the team’s top prospect and the future in Raleigh.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Wild rank top-5 in both goals per game and goals against.
- Minnesota is 20-9-5 on the road
- Minnesota has the second best goal differential at plus-60
- Jason Zucker and Ryan Suter are tied for NHL best in plus-minus at +33 each.
- Carolina is 19-10-3 at home
- Carolina is 6-8-4 since February 1st
Free Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Canes are coming off a statement 8-4 victory against the New York Islanders, seeing Jaccob Slavin star with four points.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Minnesota Moneyline.
The Wild however, are one of the best teams in the league this season and with all due respect to Carolina’s home record, Minnesota has been a force while on the road and are a superior team overall.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 4 – Carolina 1
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