The Wild head into Anaheim to take on the Ducks in what will truly be a heavyweight match-up. The Wild can become the second team in NHL history to post three shutouts to open a season Friday night as they try to spoil the Ducks’ home opener. Minnesota comes into this game 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Anaheim. Also, Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Anaheim. However, Minnesota leads the league in shots with 41.0 per game and has not allowed a goal yet this season. Another great stat is that Minnesota leads the league in penalty killing at 100.0%.
The Ducks meanwhile have been on fire since dropping their season opener as they have won three in a row, all of which have been on the road and this marks the team’s home opener at the Honda Center. The Ducks are stacked from top to bottom and can run four lines with a great deal of success, but the big question remains can they do enough in goal to keep up with the rest of the team? Anaheim traded away Jonas Hiller to make room for Frederik Andersen and John Gibson but Gibson struggled in his season opener and the team felt it would be best to send him down to the minors leaving Andersen in net. Opening lines had it Wild 2.30, Ducks 1.67 and Currently 5Dimes has it Wild 2.15, Ducks 1.80, Pinnacle, has it Wild 2.17, Ducks 1.78,and SportsInteraction has it Wild 2.10 and Ducks 1.77 with 60% all Off-Shore bettors siding with the Ducks. I disagree with the 60% based on the Ducks questionable goaltender play and am more willing to back the Wild’s goaltender. Home opener or not I believe Wild win. Best of luck!
Play: Minnesota Wild 2.17 @ Pinnacle