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Plenty of Betting Value In Wild-Lightning Matchup Tonight

Chicago finally managed to get by the Wild after nine attempts but, to be fair, Minnesota was on the second half of a back-to-back and didn't have Devan Dubnyk in net. The Central-leading Wild will look to get back on their horse this evening when they host the banged-up, underachieving Lightning at the Xcel Energy Center where Minny has a 17-6-1 record this season.

SHARK BITES
  • The Lightning are 0-4 SU in their last 4 games on the road against the Wild.
  • The Wild are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games as home favorites.
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of the Wild's last 10 games against teams with losing records.

Tampa will come into this matchup tonight as the sizable underdog. The Lightning’s list of injuries to top-line forwards just keeps getting longer and they’ll have to face a Wild team that plays smothering defense and that’s second only to the Capitals in goal differential per game. That said, the Lightning have now won two straight games and are coming off an impressive 5-0 shutout win against the Kings.

A red flag, however, is Tampa’s horrendous 4-14 straight-up record as an underdog this season compared to Minny’s 27-12 straight-up record as a favorite. The Wild are now the best puckline bet in the NHL and have accumulated an impressive 12-12 ATS record at home while piling up over $1000 of profit for $100 bettors when they've gone in as the puckline favorite.

Tonight feels like a good opportunity to grab Minnesota on the puckline to get some more value as the Wild go up against a team they match up very well against in almost every facet of the game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Minnesota Wild as -160 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Lightning to win this game 2.8-2.7. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Minnesota Wild Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Wild bring a 35-12-6 record to the battle against the 24-24-6 Lightning. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 27-18-8 so far and the Lightning go 26-22-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Minnesota Wild sit at No. 4 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tampa Bay Lightning sit at a No. 24 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Minnesota's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 3.38 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.91 goals allowed. The Wild power play is averaging 20.28% while the Lightning defense kills off 80.22% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay was a 5-0 winner in its last match at home against the Kings. They won as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Blackhawks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -105 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 18-7 ATS in its last 25 games
  • Minnesota is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, Saturday, February 11th
Minnesota home to Detroit, Sunday, February 12th

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