Free NHL Picks: Look For Ducks To Get Back On Track vs. Wild

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 8:21 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 8:21 PM GMT

Just three puck drops feature on the day’s NHL betting card. Here we spot the clash between Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks and serve up choice NHL Picks.

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NHL Picks: Ducks -123
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Minnesota Wild
They come into this game riding a discouraging four-game losing streak which sees them slip to a woeful 3-5-2 in their last ten games. Most recently, the Wild were shutout by the Nashville Predators 3-0 on the road.

The four-game skid began at home, a three-game homestay stretch that saw the Wild lose 2-1 to New Jersey, 3-2 to Buffalo and 1-0 to Winnipeg. At the weekend, the Wild embarked on a four-game road stretch and to say it’s off on the wrong foot is an understatement. Against the Ducks, the Wild will be looking to bounce back into winning form. NHL odds are stacked against them though – they are trading anywhere from +111 (at The Greek) to +118 (at Heritage) to win straight up.

Overall, the Wild are 22-15-8 on the season with 52 points and sat fourth in the Central division. At home they are a solid 14-8-2 but on the road they are just 8-7-6. Recent NHL betting trends stand against the Wild and offer up little encouragement for NHL bettors looking to bank on the road upset:

Minnesota is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games when playing Anaheim

Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

 

Anaheim Ducks
They are coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Kings at home, a 3-2 loss that marked their fourth loss in the last eight games.

The Ducks have been unable to string together a positive run in the month of January, oscillating between a win and a loss with increasing frequency. Only once were they able to win back-to-back games: 4-1 over Ottawa on January 13 and 4-2 over Dallas on January 15. Then the Kings rolled into town.

The Ducks will be looking to bounce back into winning form when they host the Wild tonight, but odds makers aren’t exactly cornering this game in the hosts’ camp with convincing odds. They are favored at home – anywhere from -124 (Pinnacle) to -135 (BetCris) – but they aren’t runaway favorites, which does open the door to the potential upset.

Overall, Anaheim boast a 19-18-7 record on the season with 45 points and sat fifth in the Pacific division. In their last ten games, they boast a 6-3-1 record, which includes a 4-4 record in their last eight games. Other NHL trends that apply here include:

Anaheim is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Anaheim is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Minnesota

 

Betting Verdict
Neither side comes into this game on impressive form which would swing our NHL picks one way or the other. Indeed, both sides have their fair share of problems. The Wild strike the less convincing pose on account of their four-game losing streak while the Ducks do look concerning with their inconsistency. That said, historically the Ducks have been dialled into this matchup with a stellar 10-2 SU record in their last 12 meetings. So we’re taking the Ducks at home to heap more misery on the Wild on our NHL picks.

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