Ottawa Senators vs. Minnesota Wild Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Dec 18, 2022

Both the Sens and the Wild are coming into this game hot, having each strung four consecutive wins.

Ottawa
39-35-7-1
AT
December 18, 2022, 2:00 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center
Minnesota
46-25-5-6
Puckline +1.5 -146
Moneyline +183
Over / Under o +6

19%

Betting Action

81%

Puckline -1.5 +122
Moneyline -220
Over / Under u +6

19%

Betting Action

81%

Sunday afternoon in St. Paul will see two teams looking to beat the hot iron of winnings streaks when the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild meet at centre ice. 

The hockey experts deem as favourites on the NHL odds. The over-under is established at 

Senators vs. Wild NHL Betting Odds

Minnesota has had the better of its Canadian rivals in recent times. Out of the five most recent opportunities to earn full points, the St. Paul-based club has four times. One came earlier this year in late October. An early 1-0 deficit couldn’t tame the Wild, who stormed back and left the ice as 4-2 winners. 

The Ontario side left many non-plussed over in this first half of the campaign. At 14-14-2, the ensemble languishes in 6th in the Atlantic division. On the flip side, those who put their faith in Ottawa against puck lines have reaped rewards. 18-12 against the puck line is reason for optimism. So too are their four covers over the past five games. Playing on the road has produced reasonable results, as the team has held their own at 6-6-2. 

The same cannot be said for Minnesota. Dean Evason’s group is looking pretty good in third place in the Central Division with a commendable 17-11-2. However, little of that is reflected in their results ATS. They’ve struggled at 13-17, although three covers in the past four games could mean they’re turning things around. 

Ottawa Senators

D. J. Smith’s Senators arrive in Minnesota looking hot, after sweeping all games played since last weekend. None of the teams were top-of-the-class opposition, but the fact that they took care of business is a promising sign. Furthermore, a couple of those games were against key divisional opponents.

The second of those was Saturday afternoon in Detroit against the Red Wings. After falling early on a bad goal conceded by Cam Talbot, Ottawa course-corrected with one of the more unexpected goals of the season courtesy of Drake Batherson. That marker would be the first of Batherson’s two scores, the other coming in the second period. Special teams were critical for the Sens, who went 3/5 on the power play. Arguably more important was their 6/7 performance on the penalty kill. They even hit a game-clinching goal in the 3rd while killing one. That cleared the way for a 6-3 win. Ottawa is only 15th on the disadvantage despite being 6th worst in minutes spent in the penalty box. 

Minnesota Wild

Let none of what we just discussed overlook what the Wild accomplished this past week. They too performed a clean sweep of four games. Most impressive, they only conceded three goals in total, which is saying something given they had to contain Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Monday. 2

Their most recent test came on Friday night at home to the Chicago Blackhawks, a team dead last in the Central Division. Do not be deceived by the 30-22 deficit in shots on goals. Minnesota created far more quality scoring opportunities than the visitors. When Kirill Kaprizov netted his 18th of the season to increase the Wild’s advantage to 2-0 eight minutes into the second period, it felt as if it should have been 10-0. Chicago’s Petr Mrazek made breathtaking saves and benefited from the post stopping one or two shots. Ultimately the Wild stood tall 4-1 at the final whistle. 

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