Ottawa at Minnesota NHL Betting Spread, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Aaron . on March 29, 2017 in

The Ottawa Senators (41-25- 9, 91 points) visit Minnesota to take on the Wild (44-24- 8, 96 points) in interconference action on Thursday night. The Senators took a 3-2 shootout loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, while the Wild also come in off a loss in which they gained a point, having lost in overtime to the Washington Capitals, 5-4, on Tuesday. Let’s take a closer look at the NHL spread for the game.

Ottawa at Minnesota NHL Betting Spread, Pick & TV Info

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Minneapolis
Radio: Ottawa / Minnesota

Why should you bet on the Senators?

Ottawa sits at second place in the Atlantic Division, locked into a playoff slot, so when they faced Philadelphia on Tuesday they were taking on a team fighting for its playoff life. However, the Senators made a silly mistake in the third period to let the Flyers tie the game, as goalie Craig Anderson sent a clearing pass right to Jordan Weal, who sent the puck into the empty net. The fact that Ottawa built a 2-1 lead against a hungry team is a promising sign, but they need to do a better job of finishing if they want a win in Minnesota. The Senators rank #21 in the NHL in scoring, so they need a solid defensive effort every night.

Why should you put your money on the Wild?

The Wild showed why they rank #3 in the NHL on defense as they put up four goals against an elite Capitals team on Tuesday, but they did not show their ironclad defense (2.5 goals allowed per game), as the Caps lit the lamp five times. The Wild did score twice in the last 4:57 of the third period to send the game to overtime, but they could not overcome a hat trick from Alex Ovechkin and a pair of goals for T.J. Oshie. Eric Staal did tie the game at four with just 26.6 seconds left in regulation, but the Wild could not lock down the Ovechkin line and paid dearly. Ottawa does not have a line with that much talent or speed, so the Wild should return to their defensive form on Thursday.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Senators are a solid team, but they don’t have the firepower to take down Minnesota on the road. I predict a 3-2 Wild win.