NHL Picks: Capper Likes Underdog Value on Wild +108 vs. (0-4) Ducks

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, October 18, 2015 3:59 PM GMT

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 3:59 PM GMT

Our NHL handicapping professional previews Sunday’s game between the Wild and Ducks. Join us in reading this compelling betting article which culminates with his money line pick.

Sunday Western Conference Showdown in Anaheim
The Wild and Ducks meet on Sunday in a battle of two Western Conference playoff teams from a season ago. The opening faceoff at the Honda Center in Anaheim is slated for 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Heritage, Anaheim is a -117 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the first meeting of the season between these teams. Anaheim won all three encounters against Minnesota last season, and two of the three went under the total.

 

Nice Start for Wild
The Minnesota Wild has earned 7 of a possible 8 points during their first four games this season. They opened the 2014-2015 NHL campaign with three consecutive one goal wins. Their game on Friday night at the Staples Center in Los Angles was also decided by one goal. Unfortunately, they came up short in a 2-1 overtime defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. Darcy Kuemper made his first start of the season in goal on Friday night for Minnesota. Kuemper performed very well by stopping 35 of 37 shots on goal. He was instrumental in keeping Minnesota in the game after they were outshot 32-14 after two periods.

 

Pure Money in Goal
It will be Devan Dubnyk back between the pipes tonight for Minnesota. He’s gone 3-0 so far this year but has a less than inspiring performance line. Dubnyk has a lofty 3.00 GAA and a below average .894 save percentage. However, since coming over in a trade from Arizona at the midpoint of last season, Dubnyk has gone 30-11 (73.2%) against the money line, and compiled an excellent .933 save percentage.

 

Not so “Mighty Ducks”
The Anaheim Ducks were looking to build off last season’s terrific campaign. They finished atop the Western Conference regular season standings, advanced to the Conference Finals, and fell in seven games to eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago. However, they’ve had a mind boggling 0-4 start to this year. The Ducks have scored a mere one goal in those contests, and were held scoreless in three of those four games. On a positive note, #1 goaltender Frederik Andersen has been excellent in his three starts, evidenced by a terrific .947 save percentage during those outings.

 

Final Analysis
The Ducks are on the verge of setting a franchise record they’ll desperately attempt to avoid. Heading into Sunday’s game, they’ve failed to score a goal over the past 163:04 of action, and then franchise record is 200:06 which came in 1993-1994. The 0-4 start for Anaheim is the worst since beginning 0-5 in 2003. One team (Ducks) is playing with no confidence at all right now, and the other (Wild) is extremely sure of itself. I’m siding with the money line road underdog for one of my NHL picks on Sunday.

NHL Picks: Play on Minnesota +108 on the money line at Heritage

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