The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout October 26. Seven games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Minnesota Wild and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have had solid starts to the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Minnesota has earned a record of 4-1-0 to open up the season, which had them sitting in second place of the Central division. The Wild are coming off a tough loss in their last matchup and will look to bounce back in this one. Minnesota is coming off a playoff appearance last season and will look to build on it this season.
The Canucks have put up a record of 3-2-1 so far this season, which has them in third place of the Pacific division. Vancouver is coming off back to back wins and will look to keep it going in this one. The Canucks missed the playoff last season and will look to turn it around this season. I expect Vancouver to come out quickly in this one.
These two teams have been solid to open up this season and will look for another solid win in this matchup. The Wild are coming off their first loss of the season though and will look to get going again. If either team can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Minnesota Wild||-1 ½ (+200)||-115||Over 5 ½ (-120)|
|Vancouver Canucks||+1 ½ (-240)||+104||Under 5 ½ (+109)|
|Team Data||Minnesota Wild||Vancouver Canucks|
|Away/ Home Record||2-0-0||0-0-0|
|Goals Per Game||3.40||2.83|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||2.50||–|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.950||–|
- 78-63 over last three seasons
- 11-12 in last 23 Tuesday night games
- 46-36 in last 82 games after division matchup
- 28-24 in last 52 games after allowing four goals or more
- 13-11 in last 24 games playing three straight home games
- 72-76 over last three seasons
- 11-13 in last 24 games on Tuesday night
- 8-10 in last 18 games playing with two days rest
- 39-43 in last 82 games after divisional matchup
- 27-29 in last 56 games after scoring four or more goals
- 8-24 in last 32 games after playing three or more straight road games
These two teams have not met up since the Qualifying round 2019-20 playoffs. Vancouver lost the first game of this series, but went on to win three in a row to make it into the playoffs. Minnesota went 2-1 against the Canucks in the regular season though. The Wild will look to earn a big win in this one though as they try to steal a win on the road.
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The Wild have been solid on the power play, but have struggled on the kill this season. Minnesota has scored on 4 of their 20 power play chances, which is a 20 percent power play. The Wild have given up 7 power play goals on 23 penalties against, which is a 69.6 percent kill rate. Minnesota is 18th in the NHL on the power play and 28th in the league on the penalty kill.
Vancouver has been a bit better on special teams so far this season. The Canucks have scored on 5 of their 23 power play opportunities, which is a 21.7 percent success rate. Vancouver has killed off 12 of their 16 penalties against, which is a 75 percent penalty kill. The Canucks are 15th and 24th on the power play and penalty kill this season.
These two teams have not been great on the penalty kill, but have been solid on the power play. If either team can get going on special teams it could be enough for a win in this one. I expect these two teams to try and switch things up on the penalty kill though as they try to get it going.
I expect Cam Talbot to get the start in the crease for Minnesota in this one. Talbot has earned a record of 4-0-0 throughout his first four starts of the season. He has put up a .904 save percentage and a GAA of 2.68 in those starts. Talbot stopped 21 of 24 shots against the Anaheim Ducks in route to a win in his last start.
Thatcher Demko will likely get the nod in the net for the Canucks on Tuesday night. Demko has started in five games this season, going 3-1-1 in those starts. He has posted a save percentage of .924 and a 2.53 GAA in those matchups. Demko finished with 29 saves on 31 shots in his last start against the Seattle Kraken, which was enough for the win.
These two goalies have been solid to open up the season and will look for a big win in this one. Demko has been a bit stronger on the season, but Talbot has the better record early in the season. If either goalie can come out strong in this one though, it could be enough for the win.
The Wild have been the better team early in the season, but I think that Vancouver can come out solid to win their home opener. The Canucks are coming off two straight wins and have the better goalie in the crease. Minnesota has also yet to lose on the road, but I do not think that they will keep this up. If Vancouver’s offense can grab an early lead, I think they can win this one.
BetOnline has the Wild listed as a -115 against the money line in this one. This implies that Minnesota will win this game around 53.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with it being the Canucks home opener. As slight underdogs at home, I think that there is good value on Vancouver in this matchup.