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#203 Minnesota Wild vs.
#204 Arizona Coyotes
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:05pm EDT
Gila River Arena, Glendale
Written by Valdis Pans

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Currently riding a four-game winning streak, the Minnesota Wild (3rd in West Division) will pay their second straight visit to the Arizona Coyotes (4th in the West), who have triumphed in just one of their last seven fixtures.

Wild Extend Winning Run

The Minnesota Wild (28-13-3) won for the fourth consecutive time, extending their point streak to five fixtures (4-0-1) after starting their two-game road set against the Arizona Coyotes with a 5-2 victory at Gila River Arena on Monday. The Wild buried two goals in each of the last two periods after opening the scoring midway through the first period through Kirill Kaprizov (37 points this year), who set a new Minnesota record for points by a rookie, at the same time tying Marian Gaborik’s rookie record for goals with his 18th marker of the season. The Wild have gone 6-1-0 in their eight-game season series against Arizona so far.

Goalie Cam Talbot stopped 22 shots on Monday to take his current performance status to 15-6-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.40 GAA and a .922 save percentage. He has registered a 14-6-1 past tally against the Coyotes with a 2.22 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Wild, meanwhile, are netting the 12th highest quantity of goals per game this season (3.09), while allowing the 10th lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.64). The team is 24th in power play with an 18.0% success rate and 5th best in penalty kill with 84.2% proficiency.

‘Yotes Lose Sixth In Seven

A sixth defeat in the last seven contests (1-6-0) was on the cards for the Arizona Coyotes (20-21-5), who followed up Saturday’s 3-2 home victory against the St. Louis Blues with a 5-2 loss versus the Minnesota Wild at Gila River Arena on Monday. The ‘Yotes matched the visitors in shots (24-24) and won 69% of all the face-offs, but failed to convert on their only power-play opportunity and killed just one of their three penalties, eventually scoring no more than two goals for the fourth time in their last five fixtures. Christian Fischer (1 goal, 6 points this year) and Alex Goligoski (3 goals, 15 points) both tallied for Arizona, which ended a four-game winning streak on their own ice.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 19 saves on Monday and has now gone 8-8-2 for the current season with a 2.47 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He has posted a 2-4-0 career record against Minnesota with a 3.23 GAA and a .894 save percentage. The Coyotes, meanwhile, are scoring the 9th lowest amount of goals per game this year (2.61), while allowing the 9th highest quantity in their defensive zone (3.13). The team ranks 17th in power play with a 19.9% success rate and 19th in penalty kill with 78.7% efficiency.

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The Wild have dominated the Coyotes thoroughly lately, beating them on nine of the last 10 occasions, including the very last five meetings this season. Sitting 3rd in the West Division, 14 points clear of 4th-placed Arizona with two games in hand, Minnesota can definitely have a little breather now. One, the ‘Yotes cannot afford themselves, currently still being embroiled in a fight for the 4th playoff place in their division, with the St. Louis Blues firmly breathing down their neck just one point below in the 5th position with no less than three (!) games in hand. In other words, Arizona needs to win! And is definitely set to turn that desperation into fruition when hosting the Wild, who have only won one of their last six outings as road favorites. The Coyotes, on the other hand, had been deadly on their own ice prior to their Monday’s setback, winning four straight matchups at Gila River Arena. They have also banked seven victories in their last eight fixtures after conceding at least five strikes in their previous game.

Prediction: Arizona Coyotes (+125)

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The very last five meetings between the Wild and the Coyotes in Arizona have all brought in quite a substantial amount of markers, averaging no less than eight tallies per encounter. So, expecting another high-scoring game from the pair is definitely the best of options! Six of the previous eight overall outings of Minnesota have already cruised past the set goal-mark, posting an average of 8.50 snipes per fixture, while seven of the most recent nine domestic matchups of the Coyotes have all seen at least six markers on the scoreboard, averaging seven strikes per game.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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