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Posted at 1:30 PM EST.
9:05 PM EST. The Wild defeated Vegas 4-2 last night but trust us when we tell you that the Knights were lethargic and disinterested for two periods. The Wild now go from a -145 underdog to the same price on the road against a team that has playing better than Vegas has for the past few weeks. That once again points to how this market overvalues results more than anything else.
The Wild are another one of these overpriced, beatable teams that we trust to be a first round exit waiting to happen. Their last four wins came against Vegas, Vancouver, Carolina and Detroit. Against Carolina, they scored five times on their first 12 shots. Prior to facing a lackluster Vegas squad last night, Minnesota lost its two previous games to Edmonton and Colorado by scores of 4-1 and 5-1 respectively. The Wild are a remarkable 24-6-6 at home but on the road they’re 16-18-1 and have been outplayed on the road in most games.
Though they still sit last in the NHL, the Coyotes have played well of late, going 10-4-1 over their last 15 games. Remember, this is a team that didn’t win in regulation until the 21st game of the season so they were eliminated by December. What they have done since is impressive but the market has virtually ignored just how tough an out the ‘Yotes have been due to their atrocious start. The Coyotes have allowed just one goal or less in five of their past 12 games. They are getting great goaltending and they’re scoring goals too. The ‘Yotes coming off a 3-2 home loss to a very tough Nashville team but they played toe-to-toe with the Preds and matched them in every key metric. The Arizona Coyotes are going to impact who gets in and who doesn’t and figure to remain highly motivated in games like this one against rivals they can make life miserable for. They now catch the Wild in the tail-end of back-to-backs and fourth road game in their last five games overall after Minnesota embarked on a three-game Canadian West Coast trip, came home for one lousy game and then headed out for games in Vegas and this one.
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ARIZONA +127 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.54)