Weekends Big NHL Matchups
The Wild are in desperation mode and need to win to make the post season, but they play a red-hot Detroit team and Minnesota is one of the worst road teams in the West.
Minnesota Wild (36-32-6 78 pts) at Detroit Red Wings (37-23-13 87 pts)
has the Red Wings as big favorites in this game with a moneyline of -260 with the Wild at +220 and a total of 5.5 goals.
Tonight in an important Western Conference match up the Detroit Red Wings host the Minnesota Wild. The Wild only have eight games left and they are eight points behind Detroit for the eighth and last playoff spot. Detroit is in the last playoff spot in the West, but only trail seventh place Colorado by two points.
The Wild are coming off a win and are a solid 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, but will be facing a Red Wings squad that has won three straight and is 8-1-1 in their last 10.
This season Detroit is 21-10-5 at home and Minnesota is 12-22-3 on the road.
The Red Wings have won six of their last seven against the Wild and smoked them in their last match up at home 5-1.
Minnesota does not have a good defense allowing 2.86 goals per game and even though the Red Wings’ offense only ranks 16th in the league in scoring (2.68 goals per game), but they have been playing great in the past 10 games.
The Wild defense has to key on Henrik Zetterberg, who is on fire with four goals and four assists in his last four games.
Wild G Niklas Backstrom (25 wins 2.66 GAA save percentage 90.3%) will have to have a big game between the pipes facing a Detroit offense that is playing with a ton of confidence.
Detroit has been great at home recently, as they have won four straight at Joe Louis Arena and have outscored opponents 15-6 in that span.
The Minnesota offense ranks 15th in the league (2.69 goals per game) will be facing Detroit G Jimmy Howard (30 wins 2.29 GAA save percentage 92.4%). Howard has a GAA of only 1.68 in winning six of his last seven starts and against the Wild is 2-0-0 with a GAA of 1.92.
In the last six games between these two teams the total has gone Over five times.
Saturday Big Games
Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins
This non-conference game is vital for both teams that are fighting to make the post-season. The Bruins are in the eighth spot in the East only leading ninth place Atlanta by two points and the Flames are in the ninth spot in the west trailing eighth place Detroit by four points.
Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks
San Jose is in the top-spot in the West and Vancouver has the third spot. This game is a match up of two of the highest scoring teams in the league.
Sunday Big Games
Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals
The Flames have to end the season well to make the playoffs, while the Caps have the top-spot in the East all but wrapped up. Washington has the best home record in the league.
Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks
The Avalanche only lead the eighth place Red Wings by tow points in the West while the Sharks have the most points in the conference. This may be a first round series in the playoffs.