Wild vs Coyotes Pick: Friday, Mar. 5th

Wild vs Coyotes Pick: Friday, Mar. 5th: The Minnesota Wild were given a rude awakening from the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday and Wednesday. They rolled into Vegas winners of 6 straight and were up 4-2 with 7 minutes left before losing 5-4 in overtime and being outscored 8-1 the rest of the two-game series. Things haven’t changed from the way I see this team. I see them as having excellent depth. At forward, they have scorers in Kaprizov, and Zuccarello Size in 6’6 Jordan Greenway, 6’6 Nick Bjugstad, 6’3 Marcus Foligno, 6’3 Nico Sturm, 6’2 Victor Rask. They have leadership in Zach Parise, who is coming off being a healthy scratch for the first time in 9 years with his hometown Wild. Their defense is strong. Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon are the #6 ranked top D-Line in the league. Jonas Brodin and Mathew Dumba are the 5th ranked #2 defensive units in the league. Carson Soucy and Ian Cole are the 8th ranked 3rd unit in the league. Cam Talbot was atrocious. Let’s get Kahkonnen in there and see if this team can bounce back. I don’t want them on the road at -145. I will take them on the -1 line, but I will have to see some money come in on the Coyotes are I will be hesitant to pull the trigger.

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The Coyotes had three days off after losing at home in back-to-back nights to the Colorado Avalanche and bounced back in a 3-2 win at LA on Wednesday night. They were outshot 42-23. Antti Raanta also delivered a much-needed improved performance after allowing five goals in back-to-back games. He will need to continue to step up with Darcy Kuemper, dealing with a lower-body injury. I continue to believe this forward group; albeit has skill, is very easy to play against. Connor Garland, 5’10, Phil Kessel, 6’0, Christian Dvorak, 6’0, Clayton Keller, 5’10 are their four leading scorers. Only Phil Kessel clears 200 pounds, and that’s mostly tits. Their defense in Chychrun, Goligoski, Ekman-Larsson are good, mobile, have size. Their defense is the best part of this team. I expect the Coyotes to get bet. A home underdog appeals against a squad that’s lost two straight and will be dealing with the so-called Vegas Flu. I will take my chances and bet against the Coyotes often this year.

Wild vs Coyotes Odds

NHL Odds Opening Lines
Wild -140
Coyotes +120
Total 5.5
Where/When Gila River Arena | 9:00 PM ET