This divisional rivalry game will conclude a six-game slate in the NHL on Monday, February 6, and here you can read the best Wild vs. Coyotes betting pick and odds.
Minnesota is looking for the third win in a row when they visit Arizona at Mullett Arena. The Wild are -203 moneyline favorites on Jazz Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6 goals. These Central Division foes will meet for the third time this season; the Wild lead the series 2-0.
Wild edged the Sabres in the shootout
The Minnesota Wild (27-17-2-2, 22-26 ATS) won five of the last eight games including the previous two at home against the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres. After edging the Flyers in overtime, the Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 after the penalty shootout. Thanks to those two victories, the Wild moved up to 7th position in the Western Conference with 58 points, only eight behind the leaders Dallas Stars. Minnesota will now spend the next two games on the road, after which they will return home for a seven-game stay.
Joel Eriksson and Jared Spurgeon scored in regulation for the Wild and the game produced no goals in the third period, as well as overtime, so Minnesota and Buffalo went to the shootout. Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov, and Frederick Gaudreau scored in SO to give Minnesota two points. When it comes to point production this season, Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 59 (G 27, A 32), while Mats Zuccarello with 48 (G 19, A 29) and Joel Eriksson with 40 (G 18, A 22) are also main contributors to the offense.
Marc-Andre Fleury (16-10-3) is likely to start at the goal against the Coyotes on Monday. The 38-year-old is allowing 2.87 goals per game this year with a .905 SV% and one shutout.
Coyotes fell short of the Ducks in OT
The Arizona Coyotes (16-28-4-2, 26-24 ATS) managed to snap a nine-game losing skid with a shootout win over the Red Wings, but then lost four of the next six games. The most recent came to the Anaheim Ducks in overtime on the road, and that defeat kept Arizona in 14th place in the West with 38 points. The Coyotes will stay home for the next game against Minnesota and then will hit the road for three games against Chicago, St. Louis, and Nashville.
Nick Ritchie scored for the Coyotes to give them a 1-0 lead in Anaheim, but the hosts equalized through Max Jones midway through the second period. After that, we didn’t have any more goals and the game went to overtime, where Trevor Zegras bagged a winner for the Ducks. Arizona has only one player among the top 100 in the NHL in terms of points – Clayton Keller, who has 41 points (G 18, A 23).
Karel Vejmelka (13-17-4) will take his place between the sticks on Monday against the Wild. The 26-year-old is conceding 3.19 goals per contest this season along with a .907 SV% and three shutouts.
LW Andrew Ladd (knee) and D Shayne Gostisbehere (upper body) are out indefinitely and will not face the Wild on Monday.
- 4-0 in the last four games playing on three or more days of rest
- 7-2 in the last nine vs. Central Division opponents
- 9-4 in the last 13 after allowing two goals or less in their previous game
- 1-6 in the last seven Monday games
- 3-13 in the last 16 games overall
- 2-8 in the last ten games against the Central Division rivals
Minnesota Wild vs. Arizona Coyotes Pick
Arizona is scoring only 2.58 goals per game and that is not going to be enough against Minnesota’s solid defense which allows 2.83 goals per contest. The Wild won 11 of the previous 12 H2H encounters, including both H2H duels this season, so we can say that Minnesota owns the Coyotes in recent years. Arizona failed to score more than three goals in 13 of the last 16 games, and I don’t think the hosts will get more than two on Monday. Minnesota should take this one with ease.
Pick: Take the Wild at -1.5 Puck Line (+119)
Six of the last eight H2H meetings produced 7+ goals, which is quite attractive fact for the Over bettors. Arizona conceded 4+ goals in nine of the last 16 games and the Wild already scored four against them once this season. Minnesota is relying on its defense more than on its offense, but I’d be disappointed if the visitors fail to score at least four goals here. Over is 4-1 in the last five H2H meetings; Over is 6-1 in the previous seven H2H duels in Arizona, while Over is 5-2-1 in the Wild’s last eight road games.
Pick: Go Over 6 goals (-110)