Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game 7 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 27, 2021

It's do-or-die for Minnesota and Vegas on Friday, as the winner will get a date with the President's Trophy winning Avalanche in the second round, while the loser's season will end.

Minnesota
35-16-4-1
AT
May 28, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
40-14-0-2
Puckline +1.5 -180
Moneyline +165
Over / Under o +5.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Puckline -1.5 +150
Moneyline -198
Over / Under u +5.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

There could be just one Game 7 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and that’s Friday night as the Minnesota Wild visit the Vegas Golden Knights, who opened as -167 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Wild vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Odds

The winner of Friday’s game will face the West Division champion and Presidents’ Trophy-winning Colorado Avalanche in Round 2. The Avs will certainly be favoured over either club. Colorado faced both the Wild and Golden Knights eight times apiece in the regular season. It hasn’t been announced when that series in Denver would, start but it won’t be before Sunday.

Colorado is a +253 favourite to win the Cup, while Vegas is +900 and Minnesota +4000. This marks the third time that Minnesota has forced a Game 7 after facing a 3-1 series deficit, with the Wild winning two of those Game 7’s.

On the puckline for Wild-Knights Game 7, Vegas is +168 at minus-1.5 goals, while Minnesota is -202 at plus-1.5. On the regulation time moneyline, the Golden Knights are -105 and Wild +211 with a draw +323. Vegas is -147 to score first and Minnesota +105. That the team which scores first wins is -238 with no at +167.

Minnesota Wild

We predicted Minnesota to win Game 6 by scoring three goals and that’s what happened – a 3-0 upset. All three goals came in the third period, by Ryan Hartman (second of series), Kevin Fiala (first) and Nick Bjugstad (first). After totalling four goals in the first four games, the Wild now have seven in their past two. Cam Talbot was fantastic again Wednesday, posting the first Wild shutout in a playoff elimination game. The only other Wild netminder with an elimination game shutout is Devan Dubnyk, who did it in St. Louis in Game 4 of the 2017 first round.

Minnesota nearly saw disaster when arguably their best player in this series, Joel Eriksson Ek, was forced to leave Game 6 due to a collision with the goal post. He did eventually make it back in the game, but needless to say, monitor his status. Minnesota is 9-4 in their past 13 games after a win.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights’ offence has gone missing with just two goals in the past two games. It doesn’t help that regular season top goalscorer, Max Pacioretty, missed Game 6 with an undisclosed injury. He hasn’t played in this series and remains day-to-day. Blueliner Brayden McNabb also missed Game 6 after being added to the NHL’s COVID protocol list. McNabb has one assist, six shots, seven blocks and 17 hits over four games in this series.

Chandler Stephenson’s apparent tying goal in the third period of Game 6 was waved off for goaltender interference. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 24 shots in Wednesday’s loss. Fleury has now lost five straight games when Vegas has a chance to eliminate their opponent. The Golden Knights are 8-0 in their past eight games after a loss of at least three goals.

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