Struggling Offensive Teams Collide
The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild rank 22nd and 26th in the NHL in goals per game and neither power play is striking fear into the opponents, so perhaps Saturday’s game will be the third straight low-scoring affair between the teams.
Both teams are hurting in goal with Carolina’s Fredrik Andersen and Minnesota’s Marc-Andre Fleury both on the injured list. They have combined for 11 of their team’s combined 17 victories.
Carolina has the sixth-best points percentage on the road while Minnesota is ahead of only San Jose when it comes to success on home ice with a 2-5-1 record and -10 goal differential. Minnesota has covered against the NHL betting line in just one of its eight home games.
According to the NHL playoff odds, the Hurricanes (+600) are second in the odds to win the Eastern Conference title while Minnesota (+1100) is fifth in the Western Conference odds.
High-scoring Trio Leads Carolina
Carolina is dealing with injuries at the forward position with Teuvo Teravainen the latest to land on injured reserve. That has put more pressure on the trio of Sebastian Aho, Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov.
That trio is tied for the team lead with eight points in eight games played in November. They have also combined for two goals and three assists on the power play during that stretch.
Paul Statsny goes into his 17th game of the season looking for his first goal while Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Seth Jarvis and Jesper Fast have combined for three goals over the last eight games.
Carolina is coming off an overtime loss to Colorado despite outshooting the defending champions 48-15 and winning 43 of the 63 faceoffs.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) November 18, 2022
The Las Vegas odds went under in five of the Hurricanes’ last six games.
Offense Comes to Life for Minnesota
Minnesota managed just four goals in the previous four games heading into Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh. Minnesota matched that number thanks to a pair of goals from Joel Eriksson Ek. Unfortunately, a defense that has been keeping the low-scoring Wild in games had no answers for future Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby, who had two goals and two assists while winning 70% of his faceoffs.
It was Minnesota’s third loss in a row at home. Offense hasn’t been as much of the issue in home games. The Wild are allowing 4.5 goals in the eight games played at home and that is the worst mark in the league.
The penalty-killing unit has some work to do, allowing three goals on 10 opportunities over the last three games on home ice.
The NHL betting lines total has gone under in six of Minnesota’s last seven games.
Hurricanes vs Wild Game Injuries
Hurricanes vs Wild Head-to-Head
Minnesota won both games a season ago with a total of nine goals scored in the two games.
The previous seven meetings all went over the total with Carolina taking seven of those matchups.
In last season’s meetings, Mats Zuccarello and Kirill Kaprizov led Minnesota with three points each, with Zuccarello recording the lone power-play goal. Svechnikov had two of Carolina’s three goals while Jaccob Slavin had a pair of assists.
Hurricanes vs Wild Game Information
- Game: Hurricanes (10-5-2) vs Wild (7-8-2)
- Location: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
- Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. ET
- Hurricanes vs Wild Live stream: NHL.TV
Hurricanes vs Wild Betting Lines
Hurricanes vs Wild Picks & Prediction
One of the best road teams facing a team struggling to win at home seems like a pretty easy game to project.
Both teams played at home Thursday night, so even though the Carolina game went into overtime before falling to Colorado, there shouldn’t be an issue with tired legs.
Defenseman Alex Goligoski could be back for Minnesota after missing the last six games. However, keep an eye on the status of winger Jordan Greenway. He has played in just two games this season but could return on Saturday.
With the injuries to the goalies, this is a tough game to call. Neither team is putting up impressive offensive numbers, but not having their No. 1 goalies could become an issue. The total is set at six for the first meeting of the season between these teams.
The Carolina Hurricanes are listed at -135 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Hurricanes, you have a chance to win $74. The Minnesota Wild are +115, offering a chance to win $115 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Carolina a 57.45% chance to win, with Minnesota at 46.51%.