Wild Should Continue Clicking vs. Inconsistent Kings

Dana Lane

Monday, March 19, 2018 3:06 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 19, 2018 3:06 PM UTC

Minnesota is 19-7 in its past 26 home games and might have revenge in mind when Los Angeles visits tonight. Is that enough motivation to back them with your NHL picks?

Monday NHL: Kings vs. WildFree NHL Pick: Wild -144Best Line Offered: JustBet

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The Minnesota Wild (41-24-7, 89 points, +18 goal differential) are in third place in the Central Division with 10 games left. They own a three-point lead on Colorado, which is in the first wild-card spot. The Los Angeles Kings (39-27-6, 84, +26) are fighting for their playoff lives, tied with Dallas for the last wild-card spot although they have one more regulation win and a game in hand.

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Back home! @mnwildvision previews #LAKvsMIN game day. pic.twitter.com/BvdEzcwKJh

— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 19, 2018

I recommend that you jump on this game right now with your NHL picks because the price doesn’t seem to be coming down. The Wild opened as -135 favorites and the public jumped on that number, pushing it up to -150 at Bovada. There are still some more reasonable numbers out there, such as -144 at JustBet.

There is a lot of action coming in on the total too, especially with the number opening at 5, -135 (over). The public seems all in on the "over" because there isn’t a line under -140, according to the NHL odds board.

Minnesota and Los Angeles met in early December, with the Kings winning 5-2 at home thanks to four third-period goals. This creates a decent revenge spot with a good team.

The probable starting goaltenders tonight are the Kings' Jonathan Quick (28-26-2, .922, 2.42) against the Wild's Devan Dubnyk (31-14-5, .916, 2.61).

The Wild, who have won five of their past seven games, are getting more production lately from their second line than their first. Second-line center Eric Staal has 11 points in his last 10 games, and Jason Zucker has 10 points in the same span. The top line hasn’t been as effective over their last five games, but in their last 10 they’ve been effective with 25 points. Charlie Coyle (3G, 6 A in past 10 games) has given Bruce Boudreau some pop from the third line.

The Kings have been hard to figure out. It’s not that they lost to New Jersey and St. Louis recently, it’s the fact they were never really in those games. In a 3-0 loss to New Jersey, the Kings were held to the perimeter most of the night with very few quality scoring chances. They looked as if they left their game in the locker room, allowing two goals on just four first-period shots.

Jump on the Wild tonight, but do it now because I think this number will climb more.

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