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#81 Vegas Golden Knights vs.
#82 Minnesota Wild
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:00pm EDT
Xcel Energy Center, St Paul
Written by Valdis Pans

Having lost two of their last three outings, the Vegas Golden Knights (1st in West Division) will try to split their two-game road set against the Minnesota Wild (3rd in the West), who have triumphed in nine of their previous 11 contests.

Knights Get Edged By Minnesota

The Vegas Golden Knights (36-13-2) were beaten for the second time in their last three fixtures (1-2-0) after starting their current two-game road set against the Minnesota Wild with a 6-5 defeat at Xcel Energy Center on Monday. The Knights matched the hosts in shots (32-32), killed one of their two penalties and went 1-for-3 with the man-advantage, eventually squandering a 5-3 second-period lead after conceding three unanswered strikes in the final third. Alec Martinez (8 goals, 29 points this year) and Mark Stone (21 goals, 59 points) had a marker and an assist each for Vegas, which leads the West Division with five contests remaining, sitting two points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche, who have a game in hand.

Goalie Robin Lehner (12-3-2 for the season with a 2.27 GAA and a .915 save percentage) made 26 saves on Monday, but will vacate the crease for Marc-Andre Fleury ahead of the upcoming contest. Fleury is 23-10-0 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.08 GAA and a .926 save percentage, and has posted a 6-13-0 career record against Minnesota with a 3.11 GAA and a .894 save percentage. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, are sitting 3rd in most goals scored per game this year (3.37), 2nd in least goals conceded on average (2.24), 23rd in power play (18.5%) and 2nd in penalty kill (85.8%).

Wild Bank Second Straight Win

The Minnesota Wild (33-14-4) bagged their second consecutive victory after following up Saturday’s 4-3 home overtime win against the St Louis Blues with a 6-5 triumph versus the Vegas Golden Knights at Xcel Energy Center on Monday. Jonas Brodin (9 goals, 23 points this year) buried the winner with 1:06 left on the clock, just 26 seconds after Kirill Kaprizov (24 goals, 45 points) tied the game at 5-5 in the third period, when the Wild tallied three times to rally from a 5-3 second-period deficit. Nick Bonino (9 goals, 23 points) picked up two markers and an assist for Minnesota, which trails the Colorado Avalanche by two points for the 2nd place in the West Division.

Goalie Cam Talbot made 27 saves on Monday and has now gone 18-7-4 for the current season with a 2.57 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He has recorded a 6-4-1 previous total against the Golden Knights with a 3.60 GAA and a .886 save percentage. The Wild, meanwhile, are netting the 8th highest quantity of goals per game this year (3.27), while conceding the 11th lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.73). The team is 22nd in power play with an 18.7% success rate and 9th in penalty kill with 82.2% efficiency.

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The Golden Knights have lost their last five overall meetings with the Wild and have failed on their most recent four trips to Minnesota. Still, do back Vegas to do something about it immediately! The Knights have been extremely efficient when bouncing back from defensively leaky performances, winning five straight games after conceding at least five strikes in their previous fixture. They have also performed well when finishing off busy schedules, banking six victories in their most recent seven outings played on the last night of a 4-games-in-6-games scenario. The Wild, meanwhile, have managed to win just two of their last four domestic contests, with each matchup having been decided by a single goal.

Prediction: Vegas Golden Knights (-120)

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Four of the past seven head-to-head clashes between Vegas and Minnesota have finished on the high-scoring side, posting an average of 8.25 tallies per matchup. So, another outing, rich in goals, is definitely not out of the question here! The very last six overall contests of the Wild have already delivered plenty of markers, averaging no less than 8.17 strikes per encounter. Five of the previous seven games of the Golden Knights, played on the last night of a 4-games-in-6-days scenario, meanwhile, have all witnessed at least six goals on the scoresheet.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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