The Anaheim Ducks will look to record consecutive victories over the Minnesota Wild when the two West Division rivals square off for the second time in three nights on Wednesday. With Minnesota sitting in third place in the West and Anaheim looking to move up from fifth place, let’s find out where the best sportsbook betting value lies in our Minnesota vs Anaheim betting preview.
First though, let’s take a look at all of the NHL odds for tonight’s matchups.
Minnesota Wild (2-1-0) vs Anaheim Ducks (1-1-1)
When: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 9:30 PM ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Minnesota Looks To Play The Role of Road Warriors
The Minnesota Wild recorded consecutive 4-3 overtime home wins over Los Angeles to open the season. That was before falling to Anaheim 1-0 on Monday night. The Wild put 34 shots on goals but were turned back each and every time despite recording seven more shot attempts that Anaheim. Minnesota is averaging 2.7 goals per game (17th) while allowing 2.3 goals per contest defensively (11th). The Wild have scored eight goals in three matches while allowing seven goals defensively.
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Ducks Looking to Get Offensive
Anaheim got spanked by Vegas 5-2 in its regular season opener on Thursday. Then they fell to the Golden Knights 2-1 in overtime two nights later. The Ducks managed to get past Minnesota 1-0 on Monday night when Nicolas Deslauriers lit the lamp 4:09 into the third period.
Still, Anaheim needs to get its offense going after being limited to a paltry four goals in three matches. Meanwhile they are allowing seven defensively. The Ducks are averaging a pitiful 1.3 goals per game to rank 28th in scoring while allowing 2.3 goals per game defensively (12th).
Minnesota vs Anaheim Betting Analysis and Expert Prediction
Anaheim picked up their first win of the season by squeaking past Minnesota on Monday night. But, I like Minnesota to bounce back to extract a small measure of revenge on Wednesday night.
The Ducks have looked completely and utterly awful offensively. Meanwhile, Minnesota has been pretty solid at both ends of the ice and particularly on defense.
Anaheim has won six of the last 10 meetings, but Minnesota has won two of the last four meetings. The Wild are 10-3 in their last 13 road games and 6-2 in their last eight games against a team with a losing record.
The Ducks are 2-5 in their last seven after scoring two goals or less in their previous game and 6-21 in their last 27 games following a win. The Minnesota Wild has won five of the last seven road meetings and the Under is 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings. Minnesota wins another hard-fought battle that looks like a one-goal finish just waiting to happen!
Minnesota vs Anaheim Betting Pick: Minnesota 3 Anaheim 2
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