The Minnesota Wild are out west for a multi-day stay in California and Arizona. They begin a four-game road trip in Anaheim tonight, with other stops including San Jose, Phoenix, and back to California again to face the Kings. Instead of going from Anaheim, LA, San Jose, and then to Arizona, the schedule makers have made it a bit tougher on the Wild. The Coyotes are likely excited to welcome what should be a road weary Wild team to the desert on Saturday. Minnesota have been slow starters this season, as it took them five tries to get their first win.
Minnesota opened the season on a four-game slide until finding their first victory against the lowly Ottawa Senators. They immediately got back to losing with two more losses. However, the Wild are coming off a pretty good effort against the St. Louis Blues in their most recent effort. All they could get from it was a point, though, with the Blues getting the winner in overtime for a bonus point. Since beating the LA Kings, the Wild are back on a losing path with three straight losses going into this road trip.
It’s going to be a long season for the Wild if they can’t get something going. Signing Mats Zuccarello was a bit of baffling move for a team that really weren’t in a position to take on a contract like his. Zuccarello my have made sense for a contender, but the Wild should be thinking of the future and not taking on aging vets. He looks incredibly disinterested and is probably wishing he was back in New York. In ten games, he’s scored just 2 goals and logged 2 assists.
Eric Staal is the only member of the Wild with 10 points, so it’s been tough sledding for a lot of players in Minnesota. You have to think that the Wild are open to trade offers. It’s early in the season, but they’re already behind the 8-ball with a record of 4-9-1. The Sharks may be in the same boat, but they could potentially still go on a run. I don’t have the same confidence in the Wild and I don’t think their front office does, either. Get our free Wild vs. Ducks pick below.
Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks Pick
The Anaheim Ducks have gotten off to a bit of a surprising start to 2019-20. Not too many people gave them credit as a potential postseason team this season, but they certainly look like they can fight for a spot in the playoffs. However, that could have very well been an overreaction to losing Corey Perry in the offseason.
Perry isn’t exactly what he used to be, so they may not miss him too much. Not if Ryan Getzlaf, Adam Henrique, and Jakob Silfverberg continue to produce like they have been recently. Their core contributors aren’t particularly young, which as the knack on them going into this season, but they’ve been producing, nevertheless.
Hampus Lindholm has really been flying under the radar for the Ducks this season. He might not have a goal or getting much attention, but has been helping regardless. Lindholm leads the Ducks in assists with 9. The Duck Pond has typically been excellent for the Ducks, as they’ve won a lot of games in Anaheim over the past decade. It’s been more of the same for them in 2019-20, as they enter Tuesday with a record of 6-1-1. They’ve recorded 3.25 goals per game, while allowing 2.88 goals per game at home thus far.
They should match up well against a Wild team who have had difficulties putting their skates on as a visitor. The Wild have been putrid on the road, with a record of 1-8-0. Their only win on the road came against a bad Ottawa team on October 14th. That was a desperation effort to avoid a five-game losing streak to open the year.
Minnesota haven’t done anything right on the road, as they’ve scored just 1.58 goals per game and allowing nearly 4 goals against. Note that the Ducks haven’t allowed a goal in their last two games against the Wild and are 4-1 in their previous five meetings. John Gibson has been lights out against the Wild, with a 1.80 GAA and 0.948 save percentage in nine outings. If the Ducks show up to play in this one, they will likely be rewarded with 2 points on Tuesday night at home.