Minnesota Wild vs Nashville Predators NHL Pick – April 5

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action throughout April 5. Ten games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the Minnesota Wild and the Nashville Predators. 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 8:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN+.

Minnesota has earned a record of 43-20-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the second place of the Central division. The Wild have won their last two games and nine of their last ten. Minnesota has a five point lead on the second spot in the division. The Wild will look to come out quickly on the road in this one.

The Predators have put up a record of 39-25-4 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Central division. Nashville is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last five. The Predators have a one point lead on the final wild card spot and will look to maintain it with a win. Nashville will look for a huge two points at home.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a huge win in this one. The Wild have been the better team on the season and will look to remain hot in this one. Nashville is in a very tight race for the final wild card spot and will look for a big win. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Minnesota Wild -1 ½ (+225) -115 Over 6 (-105)
Nashville Predators +1 ½ (-275) -105 Under 6 (-115)

 

Team Data Minnesota Wild Nashville Predators
Overall Record 43-20-5 39-25-4
Away/ Home Record 19-13-3 21-11-0
Goals Per Game 3.63 3.26
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.34 3.19
Save Percentage .905 .909
Save Percentage Away/ Home .907 .920

Betting Trends

Minnesota Wild

  • 2-0 in April
  • 7-4 on Tuesday nights
  • 10-9 against divisional opponents
  • 20-10 after a non-Conference game
  • 13-9 after a win by two or more goals
  • 18-16 after scoring four or more goals
  • 17-13 against team with a winning record
Nashville Predators

  • 0-1 in April
  • 13-4 on Tuesday nights
  • 4-4 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 13-7 against divisional opponents
  • 16-11 after a non-Conference game
  • 13-10 after allowing four or more goals
  • 17-17 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. Minnesota hosted the first game on October 24. Roman Josi had a goal and three assists, while Matt Duchene had three assists. The Predators earned a 5-2 win. The second game was in Minnesota on March 13. Josi had two goals and two assists, while Filip Forsberg had two goals and an assist. Nashville grabbed a 6-2 win in that one.

Special Teams

The Wild have been solid on the power play throughout this season. Minnesota has scored on 42 of their 204 power play chances, which is a 20.6 percent success rate. The Wild have killed off 167 of their opponents 218 power play attempts, which is a 76.6 percent penalty kill. Minnesota is 18th on the power play and 22nd on the kill this season.

Nashville has also had a stronger power play on the season. The Predators have capitalized on 50 of their 208 power play opportunities, which is a 24 percent power play. Nashville has given up 48 power play goals on 234 penalties against, which is a 79.5 percent kill rate. The Predators are 7th on the man advantage and 16th on the penalty kill.

The Predators have been better on special teams throughout this season and will look for the edge early in this one. Minnesota has stepped up on the power play as of late though and will look to keep it going. Nashville will look for their special teams to pick up early in this one. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the nod between the pipes for Minnesota in this one. Fleury has started in 48 games this season, going 22-21-5 in those matchups. He has posted a .911 save percentage and a GAA of 2.84 in those games. Fleury has gone 3-0-0 since joining the Wild with a .958 save percentage and a GAA of 1.34.

I expect Juuse Saros to get the nod between the pipes for the Predators on Tuesday night. Saros has earned a record of 33-21-3 in his 57 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .920 and a 2.57 GAA in his outings. Saros finished with 31 saves on 35 shots in his last start against the Buffalo Sabres, which was not enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season. Fleury has won all three games since joining Minnesota and will look to remain hot in this one. Saros has lost two of his last four starts and will look to come out hot in this one. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Predators have won their first two games against Minnesota on the season and will look to remain hot. Nashville has struggled a bit more as of late and will look for a tough win in this one. If Minnesota can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Bovada 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 agree with this line as the Wild have been the better team as of late. Minnesota dropped the first two games, but I expect them to bounce back in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Wild.

The Bet
Minnesota Wild
-115
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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