NHL Odds: Minnesota Wild Slight Underdogs Against Vegas Golden Knights

  • The Vegas Golden Knights are -125 favorites despite the loss to the Minnesota Wild two days ago.
  • The Wild come back as an underdog with odds of +105 on the moneyline.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild will host the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night in a West Division matchup.

These two teams played each other on Monday where the Wild won a 6-5 shootout. NHL sportsbooks peg the Golden Knights as a favorite despite the loss a couple of days ago.

Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: VGS -125, MIN +105
  • Spread: VGS -1.5 (+200), MIN -1.5 (-240)
  • Total: O/U 5.5

Projected Goalie Matchup

  • VGS Marc-Andre Fleury (23-10-0, .926 SV%, 2.08 GAA)
  • MIN Cam Talbot (17-7-4, .918 SV%, 2.57 GAA)

Both goalies are respectable between the pipes and should be very familiar with their opponents. Marc-Andre Fleury has faced Minnesota six times this season while Cam Talbot has seen the Vegas offense seven times.

Fleury has a .908 SV% on 174 shots against Minnesota this season while Talbot has a .899 SV% on 239 shots from Vegas.

Team Strengths

Betting on the Golden Knights has been profitable this year, largely in part due to the overall balance of the team. Vegas ranks in the top five of goals per game while also allowing the fewest goals per game in the NHL. While they do struggle a bit converting on power plays, the Golden Knights penalty kill is second-best in the league with 85.8 PK%.

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The Wild rank ninth in the NHL in goals per game and just outside the top 10 in goals allowed per game. Minnesota, like Vegas, doesn’t score too often on man-up opportunities but is one of the better teams in penalty kills.

Online betting sites see the similarities between the two teams and have thus made the NHL betting line close to a pick ’em. Vegas would likely be a bigger favorite if not for the crazy way the Wild won on Monday.

Recent Trends

The O/U is set at 5.5 for this game. These teams have played nine times this season and the over has hit five times with an average of 6.33 goals per game. The Over has also hit in each of the Wild’s last six games as well as in their last seven games as a home underdog.

Vegas has lost each of the last five games against Minnesota as well as four straight in the Wild’s home arena. The home team has won seven of the nine matchups this year.

How to Watch

The game can be streamed on the NBC Sports’ live stream page as well on the NBA Sports app. It is set to start at 8 p.m.