Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 01, 2021

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There’s just one NHL game in the late window on Thursday’s schedule, and that’s a 10:30 p.m. ET puck drop from Las Vegas as the Golden Knights host the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota
35-16-4-1
AT
April 01, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
40-14-0-2
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +140
Over / Under o +5.5

23%

Betting Action

77%

Puckline -1.5 +146
Moneyline -168
Over / Under u +5.5

23%

Betting Action

77%

It’s the second of a back-to-back for both. Vegas opened as a -175 favourite on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Wild vs. Golden Knights 4/1/21 Betting Analysis

Both of these West Division teams should make the playoffs, and it’s possible that Vegas is the best overall team in the NHL. The Golden Knights have been nearly unbeatable at home since they debuted in the 2017-18 season.

These teams, which play again Saturday in Vegas, have spilt four meetings with the home side winning all of them. The Golden Knights scored five goals in both their wins but a combined three in their two losses at Minnesota.

Former Ottawa Senator Mark Stone (1G, 7A), a Hart Trophy candidate, leads Vegas with eight points in the season series, while rookie blueliner Dylan Coghlan has three goals. Marc-Andre Fleury, having a great season, is 2-2-0 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .915 save percentage but probably won’t start Thursday. Marcus Foligno (3G, 3A) leads Minnesota with six points in the series. Rookie sensation Kaapo Kahkonen won his two starts in net, allowing a combined three goals. Veteran Cam Talbot lost his two, allowing nine goals.

The home team has won the past six in this series.

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota lost for the second game in a row as a favourite in San Jose on Wednesday, 4-2. Rookie Kaapo Kahkonen got the start in net, which means it should be Cam Talbot here. The former Edmonton Oiler and Calgary Flame allowed three goals on 39 shots in Monday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Sharks and is 9-5-2 on the season with a 2.37 GAA. Calder Trophy favourite Kirill Kaprizov scored his 12th goal of the season in Wednesday’s loss. Mats Zuccarello added his sixth goal of the year. The Wild, who are without top winger Zach Parise (COVID protocols), are winless in their last five road games. They are 6-2 in their past eight in the second of a back-to-back.

Vegas Golden Knights

It’s pretty rare that Vegas loses at home, but the team fell to 14-3-1 at T-Mobile Arena when it was upset as a heavy favourite Wednesday, 4-2 by the Kings. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 30 shots, so it likely will be Robin Lehner for this one. He is 6-1-1 with a 2.35 GAA this season. Top defencemen Alex Pietrangelo played for the first time since March 6 due to injury and was minus-2 with no points despite seven shots on goal. Fellow blueliner Zach Whitecloud left late in the game with an undisclosed injury. He has eight points in 34 games. The Knights have won 20 of their past 28 in the second of a back-to-back.

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