While last month’s firing of Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wasn’t fair it has worked. Minnesota used the firing as a sugar rush to get back into playoff contention. Wild backers have seen an increase in profits with the NHL odds since Dean Evason took over as interim head coach. Recall that the St. Louis Blues rallied around interim coach Craig Berube to win the 2019 Stanley Cup. Meanwhile, the Predators are no longer the airtight defensive team of their past. Nashville is wide open with a leaky back end and suspects goal-tending.
Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild
|Date and Time:||Sunday, March 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Excel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Predators vs. Wild TV Coverage:||NBCSN|
|NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG:||Click Here|
Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild Overview
This is the fourth offshore betting matchup of the season between these two teams. Last time on March 3 was a 3-1 Minnesota home win with under the total. October 24 featured a 4-0 Nashville home payout and under the total. October 3 was a 5-2 Predators win that went over the total in Music City.
Late on Minnesota has won six of their last eight games to climb into playoff position. Concurrently the Wild are 35-27-7. Along the same lines, the Predators have won five of their last eight. Nashville stands at 34-26-8 and one points out of a post-season spot.
Overall NHL metrics show Nashville 16th for goal scoring, 26th in the power play, 25th for goals against and 29th for penalty killing. Counter to that is Minnesota at 15th for goals scored, 15th for power play, 22nd in goals allowed, and 27th for penalty killing.
Key Predators: D Roman Josi (16 G, 47 A, 63 PTS, +20, 4 PPG, 18 PPA, 6.3 SPCT), C Filip Forsberg (19 G, 26 A, 45 PTS, -8, 6 PPG, 7 PPA, 9.8 SPCT), G Juuse Saros (16-12-4, 2.72 GAA, .913 SVPCT, 4 SO), G Pekka Rinne (18-14-4, 3.17 GAA, .895 SVPCT, 3 SO)
Key Wild: LW Kevin Fiala (23 G, 31 A, 54 PTS, -1, 9 PPG, 9 PPA, 13.1 SPCT), D Ryan Suter (8 G, 40 A, -6, 2 PPG, 16 PPA, 7.2 SPCT), G Alex Stalock (20-11-4, 2.67 GAA, .910 SVPCT, 4 SO), G Devan Dubnyk (12-15-2 3.35 GAA, .890 SVPCT, 1 SO)
Nashville and Minnesota Against the Spread
The Predators are:
- 1-4 on the board in their last five away games
- 2-5 under the total on the road
- 3-6 versus the odds in their last nine games at Minnesota
- 0-4 under the total on the road against the Wild
- 4-5 against the spread as a dog
- 7-1 over the total when the underdog
The Wild are:
- 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games as a favorite
- 3-4-2 under the total as a chalk
- 1-7 in their last eight games against the Predators
- 2-6-1 under the total head to head with Nashville
- 8-7 versus the odds in their last 15 home games
- 3-6-1 under the total on home ice.
Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild NHL Odds Pick
In this situation, the Wild are the more complete team. Specifically, the Predators’ back end has been too suspect to be considered an NHL odds asset. As mentioned earlier the Predators have not performed well on the board in this situation.
Predators vs. Wild NHL Odds Pick: Minnesota Wild
Predators vs. Wild NHL Odds Score Prediction: Wild 4, Predators 2