Wild vs. Predators NHL Picks: High Scoring Game Written All 'Over' It

Bruce Webster

Saturday, January 16, 2016 7:43 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 7:43 PM GMT

Minnesota has lost three straight at home and four of five overall. They’d like to get back on track against the Predators, who have lost five straight games. Let's check the NHL odds first.

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NHL Pick: Over 5 (-129)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Wild struggling at home
Minnesota should be happy to get back on the road, even though they have a solid record at 14-8-2 at home. On Friday night at home, the Wild were shutout by Winnipeg, 1-0. Blake Wheeler scored the game’s only goal just 3:07 into the game. Minnesota had 24 shots on goal, but Connor Hellebuyck stopped them all for the Jets. Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Wild. He is 1-2 all-time against Nashville, playing in all three games this season. Minnesota lost two of the games, with the one win taking place at home on Nov. 21, 4-0. They lost the most recent game on Dec. 19, 3-2 on the road. Minnesota is led by center Mikko Koivu, who has 10 goals and 23 assist for 33 points. Defenseman Ryan Suter adds 6 goals and 24 points with a +13 rating.

 

Preds cannot buy a break
At least Nashville picked up a point on Thursday against Winnipeg, but fell in overtime on the road, 5-4. It wasn’t a stellar night for goaltender Pekka Rinne, who gave up five goals on 24 shots and is now 16-14-7 on the season. He also gave up the game-winner in ovetime with 51 seconds into the extra stanza on a Blake Wheeler tally. Nashville got a strong performance from center Ryan Johansen, who had one goal and two assists, while right wing James Neal added a goal and an assist. Johansen leads the Predators with 32 points (8 goals, 24 assists). Neal leads in goals with 16 and also has 10 assist, and a +13 rating. But the Preds have now lost five straight and have allowed 21 goals in that span, so offense hasn’t been the problem, its defense and goaltending has been. Rinne owns a 2.57 GAA and .902 save percentage. Let's review the latest trends & NHL odds.

 

Minnesota Trends
2-0-2 Over last 4 on the road in series

Nashville Trends
4-1-1 Over last 6 playing on one day’s rest
4-1-2 Over last 7 vs. Central
37-17-9 Over last 63 vs. a team with a winning record

 

Betting Analysis
Nashville can’t stop anybody and Minnesota is coming off a shutout. The Wild are too talented a team to shut down on the offensive end. They’ll have breakout night from Nashville, in what should be a high-scoring game. Take Over as your NHL Pick.

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