Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/12/2014
Sunday, April 13, 8:00 PM on FSTN, FSN
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
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Nashville put up a good fight but their 2013/14 season ultimately ends early after officially being eliminated from the postseason hunt. The Predators were playing good hockey but ran out of time to capture the 8th seed and will likely finish just percentage points behind either Phoenix or Dallas. The Wild on the other hand are headed to the playoffs for the second straight year and are just waiting to hear where they head in round 1.
Over a 10-game span from March 21st to April 10th Nashville won 7 games in trying to keep their postseason hopes alive with 2 of the losses coming in shootouts. They didn't get enough help ahead of them though and will end up falling short of the playoffs. Sunday's game against Minnesota will come on the heels of a Saturday game with the Blackhawks and it will be interesting to see if they play hard to finish out the year or go through the motions in disappointment.
Minnesota is streaking in the positive direction as they aim for a 1st round playoff upset. The Wild have won 6 of 7 games including 4 straight. Minnesota has proven they can skate with anybody over that span with wins over St. Louis, Boston, and Pittsburgh while losing to Chicago in a shootout. They enter the season finale with 2 full days of rest.
The Wild aim for continued success against Nashville after beating them 3 of 4 times already this year. That span includes 2-0 and 4-0 wins in games 2 and 3 of the year and most recently a 3-2 OT win on February 6th.
Nashville is 18-22 straight up on the road this season
Nashville is 18-17-5 against the over/under on the road this season
Minnesota is 26-14 straight up at home this season
Minnesota is 13-18-9 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/10/14 RW Patrick Eaves Lower Body questionable
04/11/14 LW Michael Rupp Suspension expected to miss Sunday vs Nashville and 1st three Rd 1 playoff games
04/10/14 GO Darcy Kuemper Upper Body questionable
04/10/14 C Mikael Granlund Concussion questionable
03/26/14 D Keith Ballard Groin out indefinitely
03/23/14 D Clayton Stoner Knee out indefinitely
03/12/14 LW Jason Zucker Quad out for season
03/05/14 GO Niklas Backstrom Abdominal out for season
01/06/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota
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