Minnesota Wild at Vegas Golden Knights Game 7 – 2021 NHL Playoffs

(4) Wild (3-3) at (1) Golden Knights (3-3)

  • Time: 6PM PST – 8PM CST – 9PM EST
  • Place: T-Mobile, Paradise, NV
  • TV: NBC Sports Network

Puck Drop

So here we go again. The Vegas Golden Knights have blown a 3-1 lead in the series as the Minnesota Wild has proven to be the pesky younger sibling that just will not go away.

Vegas outshot Minnesota 40-14 in Game 5, but couldn’t find the net as Minnesota used three goals in a 7:28 stretch of the first period to take control of the game and eventually win it, 4-2. Jordan Greenway wound up with the game-winner at 16:24 in the first to give the Wild a 3-1 lead after one period. Mark Stone had his fourth goal of the series for Vegas.

The Wild dominated Game 6 as goalie Cam Talbot had his second shut out of the series while Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist in the third period to break open a scoreless tie as the Wild defeated Vegas, 3-0.

The road team is 4-2 in this series as Minnesota has won two in T-Mobile Arena while the Golden Knights also have two victories up in the X-Cel Energy Arena.

This is the third consecutive season that the Golden Knights have gone to a Game 7. They lost Game 7 to the San Jose Sharks in 2019 when coach Peter DeBoer was the head coach of San Jose. Vegas shut out Vancouver, 3-0, last season.

Minnesota has thrown several dints into the Knights’ armor as the Wild have won eight of the last 12 meetings and Minnesota is 6-3 in its last nine road games.

Trends

Minnesota Wild:

  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games (the series)
  • The UNDER has also been the call in 4 of the last 5 Wild-Golden Knights contests in Vegas
  • However, the total has gone OVER in 13 of Minnesota’s last 20 games

Vegas Golden Knights:

  • The Golden Knights are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games
  • The UNDER has been the call in 5 of the last 7 Golden Knights-Wild contests
  • The Golden Knights are 4-4-2 and 3-7 vs. the OVER/UNDER in their last 10 outings

Goalies

Vegas goalie Marc Andre-Fleury has struggled at times in this series as he gave up three goals for the second straight game as the Knights were shut out in Game 6. This is Fleury’s eighth appearance in a Game 7 as he is 3-4 in his career. Fleury also has posted a .916 save percentage and a 2.25 GAA in his Game 7 appearances.

Minnesota’s Cam Talbot is the only goalie in Wild history to record two shut outs in the same series as he turned the trick in Game 1 and Game 6. He checks in with a 2.01 GAA and a 93.7 save percentage in the series. Talbot has given up 10 goals in the three losses, but only two in the three victories.

Talbot is 13-3 in his career in the playoffs when he gives up two goals or less and he also ranks third in the NHL in playoff shutouts since 2016-17 with seven.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Wild +1½ (-180) +155 U 5 (+155)
Golden Knights -1½ (+160) -175 O 5 (-175)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Head-to-Head

Fourteen Minnesota players have posted between one and three points in this series as it has truly been a team effort as it has been hard for the Golden Knights to zero in on the impetus for Minnesota.

Jordan Greenway, Jonas Brodin, and Matt Dumba lead with three points each while Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Hartman are the only multiple goal scorers with two each for Minnesota.

Mark Stone has four goals and five points for Vegas after leading the Golden Knights with 61 points (21/40) in the regular season.

Vegas has missed its second-leading scorer Max Pacioretty (51 points) as he missed the last six games of the regular season and the first six games of this series with an upper-body injury. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Pacioretty has been listed as a game-time decision, but he has not practice or been able to do the morning skate in over a month. He scored a team-high 24 goals on the season.

Alex Tuch has three goals and an assist in the playoffs as he has also won 67 percent of his face-offs.

Special Teams

Both teams’ power plays have been especially quiet in this series as Minnesota has connected on only 1-of-9 while the Golden Knights check in with a 2-for-14 ledger. As the referees have only handed out 23 penalties in this series, think back to Game 4 of the Tampa Bay-Florida matchup where the officials handed out 26 in that game alone.

Kevin Fiala has Minnesota’s lone power-play marker while Tuch and Alec Martinez check-in with the Golden Knights’ pair of power-play goals.

The Bets
Vegas Golden Knights -1½
+155
Vegas Golden Knights
-175
UNDER 5
+110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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