Free NHL Picks: Count On An Easy Win For Wild Against Coyotes

Bruce Webster

Monday, January 25, 2016 3:02 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 3:02 PM UTC

The Arizona Coyotes enter the game off a hard fought 3-2 win over Los Angeles, while the Minnesota Wild have lost six of their last seven games, who will be our NHL pick tonight?

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NHL Pick: Wild -169
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Coyotes Topple Kings to End Skid
The Arizona Coyotes recently had a four game win streak, but they followed that up with a four game losing streak. Well the losing skid is now over following a 3-2 home win of the Kings on Saturday.The Coyotes are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division with 51 points and if the playoffs started today they would have the number five seed in the West. Quite a turnaround so far from last year’s team that put up just 56 points all year. Scoring in the win over the Kings was Shane Doan, which was his team leading 17th of the year, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, which was his 14th and Jordan Martinook, whose 5th goal of the year was the game winner, just 32 seconds into the 3rd period.

The Coyotes have had issues in goal this year, but Louis Domingue has seemed to solidify the position with some solid play. He got the win vs the Kings and is now 8-7 with a 2.17 GA on the year. Domingue has allowed more than three goals just once in his 15 games played this year, while Anders Lindback and Mike Smith combined to allow more than three goals nine times in 38 games. Domingue should get the start here and this will be first ever meeting with the Wild. The Coyotes have been a very solid offensive team this year as they come in ranked 10th in scoring, putting up 2.9 gpg,  and 14th in power play conversions (18.6%),, while on the defensive end of the ice they come in at 26th in goals allowed, giving up 3.0 gpg and 28th in penalty kill (78.4%).   


Wild Lose Tough One At Home to the Sharks
The Minnesota Wild have really fallen on tough times of late as they have lost six of their last seven games, which now has them in 5th place in the Central Division, but still if the playoffs started today they would have the 8th seed in the West. On Saturday they ran into a hot San Jose squad and walked out with a 4-3 loss. The game was tied at three until the Sharks got a goal from Joe Pavelski with just 1:24 left in regulation to win it. Very tough to lose games late like that.  The Wild got their scoring in the game from Chris Porter, which was his 3rd of the year, Charlie Coyle, which was his 12th and Jarret Stoll, which was his 3rd. 

Darcy Kuemper took the loss in this game and after allowing a total of five goals in his previous five games, he allowed four in this one. He is now 5-6 on the year, but still with a solid 2.10 GAA. Devan Dubnyk should get the call in this one and he is 18-19 with a 2.27 GAA on the year, including 11-8 with a 2.12 GAA at home, while vs the Coyotes he is 4-8 with a 3.05 GAA in his career. The Wild have not been a great offensive team this year as they come in ranked 19th in scoring, putting up 2.5 gpg, while converting 17.4% of their power play chances, which is 19th in the league. At the defensive end of the ice they come in at 7th in goals allowed, giving up 2.3 gpg, while allowing teams to convert on 20.5% of their power play chances, which is 21st in the league. Let's check the NHL odds & the lastest trends now:    


Arizona Trends
5-11 in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
12-39 in their last 51 vs. the Central Division

Minnesota Trends
20-7 in their last 27 home games following a road trip of seven or more days
6-1 in their last 7 games in this series


Betting Analysis
The Wild have struggled of late, but much of that was because they were on the road and now they are home , where they are 14-10 and are playing a team that they have dominated of late. The Coyotes have lost four of their last five games and they really struggle on the road vs good teams and vs the Central. Good spot to make the Wild our NHL pick.

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