The Minnesota Wild (22-11-2) look to make it two straight over the Vegas Golden Knights (24-9-2) when the West Division rivals meet on Saturday.
Minnesota is in third place in the West Division standings, four points behind first place Vegas and Colorado. Both teams have gone 6-3-1 over their last 10 games. The Wild come into this matchup fresh off a win while Vegas looks to snap a two-game skid. The NHL Line Odds for this affair go live following Friday’s action.
Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights
When: Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 9 p.m. ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: ESPN+, ATTSN-RM, BSN+
Minnesota Looks to Narrow Gap
The Wild recorded a hard-fought 3-2 shootout win over Vegas on Thursday night to snap a two-game skid.
Kevin Fiala scored in the shootout to lift Minnesota to the big road win. The victory snapped Minnesota’s five-game road losing streak.
“We’ve been playing so well at home, it hasn’t translated on the road,” Wild goaltender Cam Talbot said, after he turned back 35 shots. “Every game is a four-point game this year. Every game is a big game, and when you come into a building like this, you know you’re going to have to go through this team to make it out of our division for the playoffs. This is a tough building to play in and this gives us confidence moving forward.”
Talbot is 6-1-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage in his last eight starts. He leads NHL goalies in saves and shots against and is tied for second in wins since March 1. Talbot ranks 18th in goals-against-average (2.34) and ninth in save percentage (.926).
Kirill Kaprizov and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota. Kaprizov leads all rookies in points (30), goals (13), and assists (17). Minnesota averages a modest 2.9 goals per game (15th) on 29.3 shots per game (24th). The Wild limit the opposition to 2.5 goals per game (6th) on 30.7 shots per game (18th).
Golden Knights Look to Get Back on Track
Vegas comes in looking to get back on track after dropping two straight and four of seven. The Golden Knights have been limited to two goals in each of their last two games while scoring two or less in each of their last four losses.
William Karlsson and Brayden McNabb scored for the Golden Knights who played the game with just 10 forwards. Robin Lehner had 35 saves in the loss, the first time Vegas dropped consecutive home games since Jan. 7-11, 2020.
“I thought we handled it well, I thought it was a non-issue,” Knights head coach Peter DeBoer said of playing undermanned. “Guys are always looking for a few more minutes every night. It was nice not to have that as an issue. I thought we had a great effort. Just unfortunate we didn’t get the two points.”
Vegas ranks 10th in scoring (3.2 GPG) and seventh in shots attempted per game (31.2). Defensively, the Golden Knights limit the opposition to 2.3 goals per contest (2nd) on 27.7 shots per game (5th). The Golden Knights will wear specialty Hockey Fights Cancer lavender jerseys during warmups.
Back the Golden Knights
Vegas might be struggling, but the Golden Knights are playing at home where they just don’t lose often. Minnesota has gone 6-2 over its last eight games following a win, but the Wild are 1-5 in their last six road games.
Vegas has won four straight Saturday games while going 36-15 in their last 51 home games. Minnesota is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings, but the home team in this division rivalry is 6-1 in the last seven meetings. I like Vegas to get the win to snap its two-game skid and three-game losing streak against Minnesota.