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#7 Minnesota Wild 6 vs.
#8 Carolina Hurricanes -165
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
PNC Arena, Raleigh
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is a matchup between a Western Conference team and an Eastern Conference team in the NHL as the Minnesota Wild and the Carolina Hurricanes will face off at about 7:00 PM. This will be the second meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the PNC Arena.

Wild Look To Extend Winning Streak

So far this season, the Minnesota Wild have been an average team in the Western Conference. Currently, the Wild have 32 points which places them in fifth place in the Central Division. However, Minnesota was in the basement earlier this season but has managed to climb out of it as it is in the middle of an impressive winning streak. The Wild enter this game having won each of their last five games and they will look to extend that winning streak with a road victory on Saturday. Whether or not they are able to accomplish that feat, however, remains to be seen.

Leading the Wild offensively will be center Eric Staal who has looked okay so far this season. He currently has 21 points in 29 games played. However, he has a Plus/Minus rating of -8 so the Wild have struggled to keep their opponents from scoring whenever he is on the ice.

The starting goalie for the Wild in this game will be Alex Stalock who has been great so far this season. He has a 8-3-2 record and a 2.76 GAA along with a .910 save percentage. Stalock has also not faced the Hurricanes since the 2017-2018 season so he will look for a victory against them in this rare meeting.

Hurricanes Look For Another Home Win

So far this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have looked like a solid team in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes have a 17-11-1 record which gives them a total of 35 points. As a result, Carolina is currently in possession of a playoff spot but it still has the potential to get itself a better seeding in the Eastern Conference. Now, the Hurricanes have the fifth spot in the Metropolitan Division but it is only two points out of third place so winning this game would definitely help them improve upon their playoff position.

Leading the Hurricanes offensively is right-wingerAndrei Svechnikov who has looked great so far this season. He already has 12 goals and 19 assists in just 29 games played. In addition, Svechnikov enters this game following a two-point performance against the Sharks in his last game.

The starting goalie for the Hurricanes in this game will be Petr Mrazek who has been pretty good this season. He has an 12-6-1 record along with a 2.63 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Last season, Mrazek had a 1-0-0 record along with a 1.00 GAA and a .960 save percentage against the Wild.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Wild have been underwhelming this season while the Hurricanes have been a very solid team so I will side with the home team in this game. Carolina has also been consistently good at home this season as well while Minnesota has been very underwhelming on the road so I think that the Hurricanes should be able to sneak away with the victory in this game. Carolina is the better offensive and defensive team as well so I will take the home team to win this game.

Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both teams have been decent offensively so I think that this total is too low for this game. Both teams are averaging at least 3.00 goals per game so I think that this total should be at six instead which means that this current line possesses a lot of value. The first meeting between these two teams also generated seven goals so I think that at least six goals should be scored in this game. Give me the over as a result.

Prediction: Over 5.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Carolina has been really good at home this season and I expect the Hurricanes to get out to a fast start against a team that has struggled on the road up to this point. Carolina has more talent on its roster as well as the superior goalie in net so I expect the Hurricanes to score at least one goal in the first 20 minutes which should be enough to give them a lead entering the first intermission. As a result, give me the home team.

Prediction: Carolina 1P
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.