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
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
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
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.
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
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