Canucks vs. Wild Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Nov 15, 2018

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The Canucks can’t wait to to back to the West Coast – but before they can return home, they'll try to end a dismal six-game road trip on a happy note on Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild.

Vancouver
35-36-5-6
AT
November 15, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center
Minnesota
37-36-5-4
Puckline +1.5 -130
Moneyline +200
Over / Under o +5.5

52%

Betting Action

48%

Puckline -1.5 +110
Moneyline -250
Over / Under u +5.5

52%

Betting Action

48%

The Canucks fell to 1-2-2 on their marathon trek with consecutive regulation losses to the Rangers and Islanders, and are in danger of falling below the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 9.

Canucks vs Wild Betting Analysis

The Wild are hefty favourites in this one; they kicked off the season 1-2-2, but have won 10 of their past 13 games to vault themselves into second place in the Western Conference, just three points back of the Nashville Predators. Minnesota has won four of its past five games at Xcel Energy Center, and will be looking to reverse a trend that has seen it drop four of its previous five head-to-head meetings with the Canucks.

The total of 5.5 might be too low given how prolific these teams have been in recent history. The over has gone 10-2-2 in the previous 14 meetings, with the teams combining for seven or more goals seven times over that stretch. The Canucks are 9-4-1 O/U in their past 14 games against Central Division opponents, while the Wild have surpassed the total in six of eight games overall and are 5-2 to the over in their last seven vs. the Western Conference.

Vancouver Canucks

Goaltending continues to be a significant problem for the Canucks, particularly this month. Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Islanders bumped Vancouver’s goals-against average for November to 3.83; only five teams boast higher rates for the month. Only the fact that the Canucks are averaging 3.83 goals per game for the month has kept them from sliding into an even deeper hole – but if they can’t get their back end sorted, they could take a major tumble.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild are having no such problems keeping the puck out of their net. Only six teams boast a better goals-against average this month than Minnesota (2.33), with veteran stalwart Devan Dubnyk (2.34 GAA, .927 SV%) leading the way. And the Wild would be even better off if they could get winger Nino Niederreiter going. The three-time 20-goal scorer is mired in a lengthy funk, coming into this one with just one goal through his first 18 games.

Canucks vs. Wild Prediction

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