The Arizona Coyotes (+175) host the Minnesota Wild (-210) at Mullett Arena on Sunday. The total is 6 (O: +100, U: -120)Both teams will be playing the second of a back-to-back. The Wild are 5-4 without rest, while the Coyotes are 2-6. Minnesota (38-21-7) is coming off a 5-2 win over the Sharks yesterday, their fourth straight win away from home.
The Wild committed five penalties in the game, conceding two power play goals. Five players found the net for the Wild. Marc-Andre Fleury saved an impressive 35 of 37 shots (.945%) in the win.
Arizona (23-32-11) is playing the first of four games at home after a 3-2 overtime loss against the Avalanche yesterday. Jack McBain and Clayton Keller each scored once for the Coyotes. Connor Ingram saved 41 of 44 shots (.931%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Wild have won two of the three games between the teams this season, although the Coyotes were 3-2 victors in their most recent meeting in February. Jakob Chychrun led Arizona with two goals. Kirill Kaprizov and Jonas Brodin were on the scoresheet for Minnesota. Karel Vejmelka got the win, saving 33 of 35 shots (.942%).
Minnesota is averaging 2.79 goals per game for the season, 26th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Coyotes team that is allowing 3.48 goals a game (24th). Meanwhile, Arizona has found the net 2.73 times a game on average, 27th in the league, and the Wild are holding opponents to 2.56 goals per game (3rd).
Arizona averages fewer shots/game (25.8) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 10.7% shooting percentage ranks eighth. Minnesota has proven to be one of the league’s better shot-stopping teams, ranking No. 3 with a team save percentage of .920%.
Power play opportunities ought to be plentiful for the Wild, as the Coyotes have been penalized 4.45 times a game, fifth-most in the NHL, for an average of 10.71 minutes (seventh-highest).
The visitors are averaging 4.21 penalties (seventh) and 10.92 penalty minutes a game (6th). The Wild’s 22.66% power play percentage ranks 11th in the league, while the Coyotes are 24th with a conversion rate of 18.78%. In terms of penalty killing, Minnesota has the league’s ninth-ranked PK% at 82.21%, while Arizona is 26th at 75.00%.
With 74 points this season, Kaprizov is the top skater for the Wild. He is among the league leaders with 39 goals (7th) and has added 35 assists. In the net, Filip Gustavsson (17-8-4) is Minnesota’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 1.91 GAA, second-best in the league, and a .935% save percentage, also second-best. Fleury (20-13-3) leads the Wild in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.79 and a save percentage of .908%.Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 66 points.
He has 27 goals and 39 assists. Vejmelka (17-19-5) has the best goals against average for Arizona at 3.36. He has a save percentage of .904%.
HOME AND AWAY
Minnesota is 17-11-4 away from Xcel Energy Center this season. Arizona is 16-11-3 at Mullett Arena this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Minnesota Wild (-210)
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