Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 25, 2021

There's excitement in Vancouver as the Canucks are finally set to drop the puck for their home-opener against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night.

Minnesota
18-6-0-1
AT
October 26, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
9-15-1-1
Puckline -1.5 +195
Moneyline -115
Over / Under o +6

52%

Betting Action

48%

Puckline +1.5 -235
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +6

52%

Betting Action

48%

Two weeks into the regular season, the Vancouver Canucks finally play at home Tuesday as they host the Minnesota Wild. The game opened as a pick’em on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Wild vs. Canucks NHL Betting Odds

Vancouver and the New York Islanders are the only teams yet to play at home, but the Islanders are putting the finishing touches on their new arena so they won’t play at home until Nov. 20. The Canucks were 13-12-3 at Rogers Arena last season. They didn’t play the Wild because of the unusual divisional setup in the pandemic.

Minnesota was a playoff team last season but lost in seven games in the first round to Vegas. In the summer of 2020, these clubs met in the Stanley Cup qualifying round and Vancouver won in four. Tuesday is the first of three regular-season meetings between the teams and the only one they will play in Vancouver.

The underdog is 4-1 in the past five meetings. The over is 14-6-3 in the previous 23.

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota won its first four games this season, all by one goal and two in overtime but lost at home to Nashville on Sunday in the second of a back-to-back, 5-2. Kaapo Kahkonen, who had a very good rookie season last year, got his first start of the year and wasn’t sharp in allowing all five goals on 29 shots. It should be veteran Cam Talbot starting Tuesday. The former Oiler and Flame is 4-0-0 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Nick Bjugstad (first of season) and Nico Sturm (first) had the goals in Sunday’s loss. Mats Zuccarello leads the team with six points. The Wild have allowed a power-play goal in each of the first five games and their penalty kill percentage of 69.6 is among the NHL’s worst. Minnesota is 12-5 in its past 17 following a loss of three goals or more.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks played the first home game in Seattle Kraken history on Saturday night and ruined the party with a 4-2 victory, twice rallying from one-goal deficits. Thatcher Demko made 29 saves to improve to 3-1-1 with a 2.53 GAA and .924 SV. Bo Horvat (second and third of season), Conor Garland (third) and Justin Dowling (second) had the goals. Garland, acquired from Arizona in the off-season, has eight points (3G, 5A) in a season-opening six-game point streak. That’s the is the longest points streak by a player to begin his Vancouver career. The Canucks are 1-7 in their past eight after a win.

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