NHL Preview and Free Pick: Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators

A pair of Western Conference playoff hopefuls hit the ice for this evening’s nationally televised NHL tilt.
The Minnesota Wild will be on the road to take on the Nashville Predators in a meeting of the current #4
and #8 seeds in the west.

Date/Time/TV: Tues. Mar.5, 8:00 PM EST, NBCSN

Money Line: Minnesota Wild +165, Nashville Predators -185

Total: 5.5

Game Preview

These two clubs faced off on Minnesota’s home ice on Sunday with the Predators picking up a 3-2
shootout victory. For the Wild, the loss snapped a string of five straight victories. On the season,
Minnesota is 32-27-7 with 71 points, leaving them two points ahead of the 9th place Arizona
Coyotes.

The Predators have a mark of 38-25-5 and 81 points. The team is a point behind the 3rd place
Winnipeg Jets and four points in front of the 5th place Vegas Golden Knights. Sunday’s shootout win
snapped a two-game road losing streak. The Predators last two victories have both come via the
shootout.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild enter tonight’s game with a record of 5-3-2 (2-7-1 O/U) over their last 10 outings. The
team has been above average on the road this season with a mark of 18-14-1 thus far. Minnesota is 4-
1 in its last five away games.

Devan Dubnyk has the probable tag for tonight’s game. He brings a record of 26-21-5 to the table
with a 2.58 GAA and .912 save percentage. Over his last five, Dubnyk has five victories with just
eight goals allowed. Zach Parise tops the team in points and goals with 54 and 24. Ryan Suter leads
the way in helpers with 36.

Nashville Predators

The Predators have been playing .500 hockey of late by going 5-5 (3-7 O/U) for their last 10 games.
The club has been solid at home this season with a record of 21-12-1 to date. The team has victories
in three of its last five on the home ice.

Pekka Rinne is expected to be in net for Nashville. He’s 23-17-3 on the year with a 2.50 GAA and
.914 save percentage. Rinne has wins in three of his last five with 14 goals allowed. Ryan Johansen
leads the way for the Predators in points and assists with 54 and 43. Viktor Arvidsson is the team’s
leading goal scorer with 27.

Wild vs. Predators Prediction

These two clubs also hooked up back in October in Nashville. The hosts skated away with a 4-2 win.
The Predators have won three in a row over the Wild, and they hold a 6-4 edge for the last 10
meetings.

Sunday’s affair was close and tight, and we can expect more of the same tonight. In the end, we’ll
look for a red-hot Dubnyk to be the difference maker as the Wild exact some revenge on the road.
We’ll take the visitors to pull off the upset.

Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators Pick: Minnesota Wild +165

Christopher Feery

A freelance writer by trade and lifelong sports fan, Chris got off the fence and entered the world of sports betting content when his home state of New Jersey finally legalized wagering in the summer of 2018. This quickly became his full-time focus, and he absolutely loves sharing information with loyal readers and subscribers. He subscribes to the theory that numbers don't lie, but he also knows they don't always tell the whole story. Chris likes to keep it simple to avoid paralysis by analysis, but he's not shy about digging deep to find the answers he seeks. A two-time nominee and one-time winner of Fantasy Sports Writers Association year-end awards for football content, Chris will gladly discuss fantasy pigskin all year long, as well as anything else to do with the NFL or CFB. While football tops his list, he also has quite the affinity for other fields of play, priding himself on delivering exceptional content with actionable information that provides positive results.

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