- Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights Predictions
Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Money Line Pick
Game one of the first round West Division series between the Minnesota Wild and the Vegas Golden Knights will be a 12pm local time start. The Golden Knights are coming into the playoffs as one of the favourites to make it all the way to the Stanley cup final. They have had their difficulty with the Wild this season, as they are just 3-5 against them in the season series. I am not going to read too much into that since it is playoffs time. The Golden Knights dominated the regular season, they were the third highest scoring team, and the best team when it came to team defense. Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the start, and he had an unbelievable season. He posted a 26-10-0 record, with a 1.98 GAA and a .928 SVP. This team is solid in every aspect, and it is going to be very tough for the Wild to match their offensive depth. I believe this will carry them to victory in game 1 and ultimately in the series.
The Wild were led by a young rookie talent in Kirill Kaprizov for a large part of this season. Despite their regular season success against the Golden Knights, I don’t believe they will have what it takes to hang around with this deep Golden Knights team for a seven-game series. The Wild really only have two solid forward lines, and this won’t be anywhere near good enough against the Golden Knights who have four solid lines that can all score goals and play solid responsible defense. I will be taking the Golden Knights on the money line in game 1.
Game Totals Pick
With this game being a 12pm local time start, I expect the two teams to come out of the gates fairly sluggish. This is game 1 of a seven-game series, so I expect we will see the two teams take a period and a bit to ease into it and feel each other out. The Golden Knights do not give up many goals, they averaged just 2.18 goals against per game in the regular season, which is very impressive. The Golden Knights should be able to get up by one or two goals, then completely shut things down offensively. Playoff games, in general, tend to be lower scoring. I will be taking under 5.5 goals in game 1.
Under 5.5 at time of publishing. Would not play any lower.