No questions last night, as the OVER came through relatively easily in the Wings 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Another night and another big offensive output for the Red Wings who have been on a tear scoring the puck. If Jimmy Howard catches fire they are going to be one hard team to beat. I don’t suspect them to continue at this pace on offense, but they’ll do well with a healthy lineup nonetheless. I mean, they have been scoring about 5 goals a game lately, so yeah, that would be pretty difficult to keep going. They were an offensive heavy team when they were winning Stanley Cups with Steve Yzerman. We’ll see how the rest of the season plays out for them, definitely a team to keep an eye on.
Two quality teams squaring off in Minnesota tonight for a battle between the Ducks and Wild. The Ducks already have respect around the league and I don’t think the Wild have gotten to that point yet. Among fans, anyway. You won’t hear too many people say, “how about them Wild!?”. I don’t think the Wild mind having that way as they’ve been pretty successful playing in the shadows. They have some names on their team, including an American Olympian Zach Parise. At 14-9-1 are a pretty competitive team that can compete with almost anybody in the NHL on a good night. They may need just a little more to be able to make it far in the playoffs, but I don’t think they are that far off from being a team like that. As far as the Ducks are concerned, the talent is most definitely there already, but they need to put it all together when the time calls for it. Many people had them going to the finals last year, the year before that, and a lot having them go this season again. They have some players playing in the prime of their careers, like Corey Perry, so the time to win is now for the Ducks of Anaheim. Let’s look at the short-term, and see if they can knock the Wild off tonight.
Anaheim Ducks @ Minnesota Wild
The Ducks were a juggernaut at home last season, at least for the first half. They are doing quite well at home again this season, but their play on the road has been impressive as well at 7-3-1-1. They play an equally impressive home team in the Minnesota Wild tonight who are 8-2-0-1 in Minnesota. Both teams have been equally sporadic of late as well. The Wild have going 3-3 their last six games, trading wins and losses each night. And then the Ducks are 5-5 in their last 10 games. In fact, statistically the Ducks and Wild are quite similar defensively and offensively. The Ducks are scoring 2.67 goals per game and are allowing 2.56, meanwhile, the Wild are scoring 2.75 goals and giving up 2.29. So, Minnesota has the edge on both accounts, barely.
Let’s take a look at the head-to-head history between the Ducks and Wild and see if we can come to a reasonable conclusion. In their last 8 matchups, dating back to 2012, the Ducks are 7-1 over the Wild. I really like that trend considering we are getting the Ducks as underdogs in this game. I think this line should be closer to a pick ‘em, instead the Wild are -130 favorites. I can’t say I agree with that. The Ducks, thus, look like a pretty decent pick for Friday night at +119.
Pick – DUCKS TO WIN +119 @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)