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Golden Knights Favored to Win as They Host Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena

In an upcoming ice hockey game, the Vegas Golden Knights will host the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena. Both teams are aiming to extend their three-game winning streak. Currently, Vegas holds the 2nd position in the Pacific division with 68 points in 52 games and has a strong recent record of 7 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie in their last ten games. Meanwhile, Minnesota ranks 6th in the Central division with 51 points in 51 games, though they have won six out of their last ten matches. The Golden Knights are favored to win, with a -150 money line, and the total goal line is set at six goals. The initial betting odds opened at -139 for Vegas and have remained unchanged.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Wild +120 | Golden Knights -139
  • Spread: Wild +1.5 (-213) | Golden Knights -1.5 (+178)
  • Total: Over/Under 6 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Vegas will win straight-up is 58%.

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Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild recently secured a narrow victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a final score of 3-2. Matt Boldy, Jonas Brodin, and Kirill Kaprizov all played significant roles in the win, each scoring a goal and registering an assist. Boldy and Brodin also displayed impressive accuracy with five shots each. Additionally, three other players contributed with an assist, while Marc-Andre Fleury made a remarkable 34 out of 36 saves.

In terms of overall performance, the Wild currently rank 19th in the league for goals per game, with an average of 2.96, and 18th in shots per game, with 29.9. However, the team ranks 30th in the NHL for face-off percentage, winning only 46.4% of face-offs, and they are 17th in the NHL with a 20.4% success rate on power plays.

Individually, Kirill Kaprizov leads the team in points with 47, while Joel Eriksson Ek has the highest number of goals with 21, and Mats Zuccarello boasts the most assists with 31. Notably, Nick Foligno has demonstrated strong overall play with a +12 rating, the highest among forwards. In terms of penalties, Pat Maroon leads with 60 penalty minutes, and Kirill Kaprizov spends the most time on the ice, averaging 21 minutes and 5 seconds per game. Eriksson Ek has scored nine power-play goals, while Zuccarello has provided 17 assists on power plays. Eriksson Ek has also taken the most shots, with 189 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Wild rank 19th in shots against per game, averaging 30.5, but are 23rd in goals against per game with 3.27. Unfortunately, the team is struggling in penalty-killing, ranking third to last in the league with a kill rate of only 74.1%.

In terms of goaltending, Gustavsson and Fleury have split playing time in the team's 51 games, with Fleury slightly outperforming Gustavsson despite playing in fewer games. Gustavsson has an 89.7% save percentage and a 3.19 goals against average, while Fleury has a 2.91 goals against average and a 90.0% save percentage.

Among defensemen, Brock Fab

Vegas Golden Knights Analysis

In their latest contest, the Vegas Golden Knights secured a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes. Chandler Stephenson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Nicolas Hague each contributed a goal, with Marchessault amassing the highest number of shots on goal with four. A total of nine players earned a point in the win, while Adin Hill made 20 saves out of 22 opportunities. Mark Stone currently holds the most points on the team with 51, while Marchessault leads in goals with 26 and Stone in assists with 36. Ivan Barbashev boasts a +15 rating, and Keegan Kolesar has accumulated 34 penalty minutes.

Turning to individual statistics, Jack Eichel has spent the most time on the ice among forwards with an average of 20 minutes and 31 seconds, while also leading the team in power play goals with seven. Stone holds the most power play assists among offensive skaters with ten, and Marchessault has the highest shot count for the team this season with 178 shots. As a team, the Golden Knights rank 13th in shots per game with 31.2, 14th in goals per game with 3.17, and 19th in power play success with a 19.8% conversion rate. Furthermore, they rank 17th in face-off win rate with 49.6%.

In terms of defense, Alex Pietrangelo leads Vegas defenders in points with 23, while Shea Theodore and Alec Martinez have each scored four goals, holding the most goals among defensemen. Pietrangelo has contributed the most assists with 21, while Theodore leads in power play goals and assists among blue-liners with two and eight, respectively. Brayden McNabb boasts a +18 rating, the highest among defensemen, and Nicolas Hague has accumulated the most penalty minutes among this group with 32. Pietrangelo leads in average ice time for defenders with 23 minutes and 56 seconds, as well as shots with 109.

In goal, Adin Hill and Logan Thompson have split the 26 games played for the Golden Knights, with Thompson earning the majority of starts. Hill has a goals against average (GAA) of 1.93, while Thompson's GAA stands at 2.77. Hill also has a higher save percentage with 93.7% compared to Thompson's 90.6%. Through their solid play, Vegas ranks 7th in

Golden Knights Look to Continue Dominance Over Struggling Wild in Upcoming Match

The Golden Knights have been struggling to cover the spread this season; therefore, I am opting for a safer bet by wagering on the money line for their victory in this upcoming contest. It is worth mentioning that Minnesota has displayed a lackluster performance in their previous encounters against Vegas, losing the last three matches and six out of the last seven. Notably, the Golden Knights' defense has proven formidable, with the team losing only once in their past ten games when conceding less than five goals. Hence, if their defense remains even moderately sturdy, we can expect a triumph for Vegas in this particular case. Additionally, it is worth noting that Minnesota's offense does not present as a formidable force, and both teams have been dealing with various injuries. Furthermore, Vegas has been dominant at home, amassing an impressive 19-5-2 record thus far. Conversely, Minnesota has managed to score three or more goals only once in their past ten encounters against Vegas.

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