Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/25/2014
Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 PM on FSN, RSNP
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
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In their second game following the Olympic break, the Minnesota Wild were able to beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 thanks to a seventh round shootout goal from Justin Fontaine. It was the Wild's fourth straight win and helped their goalie Darcy Kuemper, who had 30 saves on the night, improve to a 10-3-2 record on the season.
The two regulation goals were both scored in the first period. Vancouver's Ryan Kesler scored his 21st of the season on a shorthanded goal five minutes into the game, then Zach Parise tied the game with a power-play goal later in the period following a hooking penalty on Daniel Sedin. From that point on, both teams relied on solid defense and goaltending.
In the shootout, Vancouver's Chris Higgins had a chance to give his side the lead after a nice deke, but his shot clanged off the post. After multiple misses from both teams, Fontaine was able to get his shot under the goalie's pads to give his side the advantage. David Booth attempted to tie it up by attempting a spinning shot on Kuemper, but the Wild's goaltender was able to stop it to seal the win.
Vancouver was able to win the physical battle by outhitting Minnesota 35-25 in the game, but their dismal scoring continued as they were only able to score five times in the next six games. Eddie Lack had 22 saves for the Canucks in the losing effort.
Vancouver is 15-23 straight up on the road this season
Vancouver is 15-18-5 against the over/under on the road this season
Minnesota is 23-13 straight up at home this season
Minnesota is 10-17-9 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/23/14 RW Alexandre Burrows Hand questionable Wednesday vs Minnesota
03/23/14 C Henrik Sedin Lower Body questionable Wednesday vs Minnesota
03/19/14 D Christopher Tanev Hand out indefinitely
01/23/14 C Mike Santorelli Shoulder out for season
01/11/14 D Andrew Alberts Concussion out indefinitely
03/23/14 D Clayton Stoner Knee expected to miss 7-10 days
03/23/14 D Keith Ballard Groin questionable Wednesday vs Vancouver
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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