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Canucks face Minnesota Wild: NHL odds preview and stats

Vancouver Canucks

Minnesota Wild
20-10-5 December 17, 2013, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 19-11-5

NHL wagering interest swings to the Minnesota vs Vancouver battle on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center as the Wild try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Supporters of the Canucks have seen them go 20-10-5 so far this season, while the Wild are at 19-11-5. In totals betting, the Wild are 9-20-6, while the Canucks are 10-19-6.

View Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 100 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wild rated this week at No. 20 and the Canucks sitting at No. 5.

The Wild were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Avalanche. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at +117 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 25-ranked offense (2.31 goals per game) against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.37 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 20.37% rate while the Canucks have a 90.18% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Vancouver at Dallas, Thursday, December 19th
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, Thursday, December 19th