Minnesota is hardly an in-form team but despite their recent struggles they have a nearly perfect record in their games against Edmonton. With 19 victories in the last 20 matches, Minnesota has plenty of reasons to be confident ahead of this confrontation and the bookmakers have picked up on the vibes.
Match: Minnesota vs Edmonton
Odds: Unibet 2.10
The Wild have to find a replacement for Cal Clutterback and although the right wing has been missing for a while now, a definitive solution is yet to be found. He suffered an injury in a game with Edmonton and it was Taylor Hall who got him badly hurt, with the Oilers’ player serving a lengthy suspension for that incident. While neither teams are at full strength, it looks like Minnesota was more successful in making the most of the unpleasant situation and they are inching closer to tying Vancouver for the lead.
The Oilers are a very streaky team and they are still trying to win consecutive games after more than two weeks of inconclusive results. It is not going to be easy against Minnesota, as the local team will have Niklas Backstrom in the net and the Swedish player is once again playing at 100%. With 5 victories in the last 7 starts and with less than 2 goals conceded per game, he should be more than a match for an offensive that is unable to exploit power play opportunities.
Backing the Wild at home against a team that they have obliterated in the last decade looks like a common sense thing to do. The odds are slightly above evens with Unibet, so if you don’t mind taking some chances with a regulation time victory, this is the bet that you should make right now.