Minnesota vs Anaheim: prediction for the NHL game
Minnesota are having a great season and they are currently in the top-6 in the Western Conference table. The Wild recently broke their four-game losing streak and defeated Boston (3:2), and after that they prevailed over Washington in a penalty shootout (3:2 SO). The Wild had some luck against the Capitals: they were losing 0:2, but Washington scored an own goal and helped the Wild mount a comeback.
After that victory, Dean Evason's charges had two miss two more matches. Such a schedule definitely prevents Minnesota from getting in form and gaining momentum.
At the start of the season, Anaheim mounted a long winning streak and secured a spot in the top-5 in the West. However, the Ducks haven't been delivering such successful results for a long time.
At home, the Ducks lost to the Rangers (1:4), prevailed over Detroit (4:3 SO), and were defeated by Pittsburgh with a score of 1:4. Dallas Eakins' men won away games in regulation only twice this season, and in each of them they conceded at least three goals.
In 3 games out of 5, Anaheim scored no more than 2 goals.
In 4 out of 5 matches between the clubs, more than one goal was scored in the first period.
Minnesota should beat Anaheim in the upcoming game. Both sides have some problems with the line-up, but almost all of the Wild's leaders are in the ranks, and they have been very powerful at home this season. The Ducks, on the other hand, can't boast good results in away fixtures.
Our prediction - Minnesota to win
Recent games of Minnesota weren't high-scoring, and the same can be said about the Ducks. We don't expect the teams to overcome the total today.
Second bet - total under 5.5 goals