Minnesota To Make As Hulkamania & Run Wild On Blue Jackets

Minnesota Wild Players Smiling

Saturday, December 31, 2016 6:14 PM GMT

The Wild have won 16 of their last 21 games on only one day's rest, so on that note our expert capper Dana Lane likes what he sees on the NHL odds, specifically on the Blue Jackets-Wild game.

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Both Minnesota and Columbus come into tonight's game with a double-digit win streak, only one will leave with their streak intact. Columbus has won 14 straight games while Minnesota sits at 12 straight. A large percentage of early money from both the 'pros' and the 'joes' have driven this line up a few cents.  I recommend getting this bet in now because a game of this magnitude makes it difficult to predict which way the line will move. 

I'm not sure if this comes down to home ice advantage but you can bet that the Ecel Energy Center will have a playoff atmosphere. That should give a little push to the home team where they are 13-3. Our fellow NHL Capper Doug Upstone also covered this game here, and here's what he had to say on this historic game:

Columbus hits the Twins Cities on a 14-game winning streak and they will oppose Minnesota, who happens to have run of a dozen straight victories of their own. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, these are first two teams in any of the four major North American professional sports to play a game when each has a win streak of at least 12 games.

 

Devan Dubnyk will start in goal for the Wild

Dubnyk leads the NHL in both goals against average (1.67) and saves percentage (.944). He owns a 19-6-3 record on the season including a 10-0 mark during the Wild's 12 game streak. At 6-6, 212, Dubnyk is always a tough match-up because he covers so much of the net with the ability to take over games.  This is his best season at the NHL level and his best professional season since the 2006-2007 with Stockton of the ECHL.

Part of being a great handicapper is knowing when teams are about ready to get hot and knowing when certain players are playing at their peak.  Dubnyk certainly is a goaltender I'll keep financially backing.

If we look to which team might be more motivated the Wild are a slight choice.  In my power rankings, I have Columbus at five and Minnesota at six.  I don't suspect that either team has looked at those rankings much but I do suspect that the Wild feel like they're the team with something to prove.  That's a major factor when you sprinkle in home ice advantage. Always look for the best NHL Odds available here.

Happy New Years from Dana Lane!

Free NHL Pick: Wild -125

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