The NHL is set up with another action packed night of hockey on Monday. Eight games will be up on the board throughout April 19. One of these matchups will be between the Minnesota Wild and the Arizona Coyotes. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
Minnesota has earned a record of 27-13-3 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the West Division. The Wild are five points back on the Vegas Golden Knights and will look to move up with a win in this one. Minnesota has won three games in a row entering this game. The Wild will look to carry momentum into Monday night’s matchup.
The Coyotes have put up a record of 20-20-5 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the West Division. Arizona is one point ahead of the fifth seeded St. Louis Blues and will look to hold on to that playoff spot. The Coyotes are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a five game losing streak. Arizona will look to avoid taking another crucial loss.
These two teams are currently sitting in a playoff spot, which should lead to an exciting game on Monday night. The Wild are more comfortably in their playoff position, while Arizona is trying to hold off the Blues. The Coyotes have no more games with St. Louis, which makes all these games important. I expect both teams to come out strong in this one as they could use a big two points.
The Wild and the Coyotes have met up six times so far this season. Arizona hosted the first two games on March 5 and 6. Jordan Greenway and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist in the first game as Minnesota won 5-1. Tyler Pitlick had two goals in the second game, while Conor Garland had a goal and an assist in the 5-2 Coyotes win.
The next three games were in Minnesota between March 12 and 16. Kirill Kaprizov had a hat trick in the third game to help lift the Wild to a 4-0 win. Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist in the fourth game to lift Minnesota to a 4-1 win. Kaapo Kahkonen finished with a 31 shot shutout in the fifth game as the Wild swept the three game set with a 3-0 win at home.
Minnesota also hosted the sixth and most recent game on April 14. Jakob Chychrun and Phil Kessel both scored for the Coyotes, but once again Arizona came up short. Nick Bonino had a goal and two assists, while Mats Zuccarello had two goals. Zach Parise finished with a goal and an assist to help the Wild earn a 5-2 win on the road.
These two teams have met in six exciting games this season, but it has pretty much been all Minnesota. The Wild have won five of the six games against the Coyotes this season and Arizona will look to bounce back in this one. The Coyotes have been outscored 23-9 throughout the season series with Minnesota and will need to find a way to flip that script in this one.
The Wild have struggled a bit on the power play throughout this season. Minnesota has scored on 23 of their 136 power play chances, which is a 16.9 percent power play. The Wild have been much better on the penalty kill though. Minnesota has killed off 116 of their opponents 138 power play opportunities, which is an 84.1 percent kill rate.
Arizona has been solid on the power play so far this season. The Coyotes have capitalized on 30 of their 150 power play attempts, which is a 20 percent success rate. Arizona has also been around the league average on the penalty kill. The Coyotes have given up 28 power play goals on 138 penalties against, which is a 79.7 percent penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid on the power play. The Coyotes have a slight edge with their power play though. Arizona will look to break through on the Wild’s tough penalty kill. The Coyotes will also need to hold off Minnesota on the man advantage. If either team can get going on the power play, it could be enough for a win in this one.
I expect Cam Talbot to get the start in the crease for Minnesota in this one. Talbot has earned a record of 14-6-3 throughout his games played this season. He has posted a .922 save percentage and a GAA of 2.42. Talbot finished with 20 saves on 22 shots in his last start against the San Jose Sharks, which was enough for the win.
Antti Raanta will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Coyotes on Monday night. Raanta has played in 12 games this season, going 5-5-2. He has put up a save percentage of .905 and a 3.36 GAA in those games played. Raanta’s last start was against the Wild where he stopped 17 of 22 shots in the losing effort.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season. Talbot gives Minnesota a slight edge, but I expect Raanta to come out quick in this one. Raanta had a tough outing against the Wild a couple of nights ago and will look to bounce back in this one. If Arizona can put pressure on early, it could help Raanta get into a groove to help the Coyotes grab a big win.
Minnesota has dominated the Coyotes throughout this season, but I think with this game shifting back to Arizona, it could change. The Coyotes are coming off a big win against the Blues in their last outing and will look to carry momentum over. If Arizona can score a goal or two with the man advantage, I think it will lift them to the win.
BetOnline has the Wild listed as a -145 against the money line in this one. This implies that Minnesota will win this game around 59.2 percent of the time. This line sounds about right with how well the Wild have done this season. I think that Arizona feels a sense of urgency down this final stretch though and they will come out with some quickness in this one. I like the Coyotes as underdogs at home on Monday night.