A three-game winning streak takes the Minnesota Wild (3rd in West Division) to a road contest against the Arizona Coyotes (4th in the West), who just snapped a five-game losing skid with a triumph versus St. Louis.
Wild Win Three In RowThe Minnesota Wild (27-13-3) extended their current point streak to four contests (3-0-1), winning for the third consecutive time following a 5-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday. After the visitors opened the scoring at 12:02 of the first period, the Wild tallied three times in a span of 1:12 ahead of the first intermission, adding two more markers in the following frame before the Sharks got a goal back at the end of the final third. Five different players scored for Minnesota, with 12 picking up at least one point, as Mats Zuccarello (10 goals, 27 points this year) collected a snipe and an assist.
Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen (13-7-0 on the season with a 2.66 GAA and a .910 save percentage) turned aside 26 shots on Saturday, but is set to vacate the crease for Cam Talbot ahead of the following fixture. Talbot is 14-6-3 for the current campaign with a 2.42 GAA and a .922 save percentage and has recorded a 13-6-1 career total against the Arizona Coyotes with a 2.23 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Wild, meanwhile, are 12th in most goals scored per game this year (3.05), 10th in least goals conceded on average (2.65), 25th in power play (16.9%) and 5th in penalty kill (84.1%).
‘Yotes End Losing SkidA five-game losing run (0-5-0) got snapped for the Arizona Coyotes (20-20-5), who started their current three-game homestand with a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues at Gila River Arena on Saturday. The ‘Yotes went 0-for-1 on the penalty kill, but outshot the visitors 29-22 and tallied on one of their three power-play chances, eventually rallying from a 2-0 first-period deficit with three unanswered strikes subsequently. Alex Goligoski (2 goals, 14 points this year), Clayton Keller (13 goals, 31 points) and Michael Bunting (7 goals, 8 points) all scored for Arizona, which has won four straight games on its own ice.
Two points but it felt more like four, ya know? pic.twitter.com/0IHi5LqqQL— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 18, 2021
Goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 shots on Saturday after finally returning from a lower-body injury, which kept him out of action for 19 contests. Kuemper is 8-7-2 for the current campaign with a 2.39 GAA and a .914 save percentage, and has collected a 2-3-0 previous record against the Minnesota Wild with a 3.07 GAA and a .904 save percentage. The Coyotes, meanwhile, are netting the 9th lowest quantity of goals per game this season (2.62), while giving up the 10th highest amount defensively (3.09). The team is 17th in power play with a 20.0% conversion rate and 15th in penalty kill with 79.7% proficiency.
Minnesota (according to Covers.com)
- Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Wild are 10-4 in their last 14 meetings with Coyotes in Arizona.
Arizona (according to Covers.com)
- Coyotes are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Coyotes are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
It is difficult to bet against the Coyotes when they are playing at home, with the team currently riding a four-game winning streak in the desert. Still, if there is a side that can snatch a victory at Gila River Arena, it most definitely is Minnesota! The Wild have been struggling in their road exploits this season (10-9-3), but have banked a whopping 10 victories on their most recent 14 trips to Glendale. Minnesota has also been dead effective when finishing off busy schedules, picking up four victories in its past five matchups played on the last night of a 3-games-in-4-days scenario, while Arizona’s record against teams with a winning percentage above the .600 mark leaves a lot to be desired. The team has lost four consecutive games against sides from the top part of the NHL table.
Full-Game Total Pick
Even though this series has not been witnessing a ton of goals overall, when meeting up with each other in Arizona, the Coyotes and the Wild have truly let loose on the offensive side. Their very last four meetings at Gila River Arena have amassed to an average of 8.25 (!!!) markers per encounter. So, do bank on another high-scoring game in this case! Nine of the previous 12 domestic outings of the ‘Yotes have also gone past the set goal-mark, while 12 of the most recent 15 road contests of Minnesota have all turned into goal fests, as have five of their past seven fixtures versus teams with a losing record.