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Islanders visit Minnesota Wild in NHL clash

New York Islanders

Minnesota Wild
11-21-7 December 29, 2013, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 20-15-5

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting New York duelling Minnesota on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.

Supporters of the Islanders have seen them go 11-21-7 so far this season, while the Wild are at 20-15-5. In totals betting, the Wild are 11-20-9, while the Islanders are 20-18-1.

View New York Islanders vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 169 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.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 26-ranked Wild and the No. 29-rated Islanders in this matchup.

New York was a 2-1 loser in its last match at home against the Devils. They lost as -118 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Jets on December 27. Bettors who backed the Jets at -120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 28-ranked offense (2.3 goals per game) against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 29 at 3.36 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 20% rate while the Islanders have a 73.11% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
New York at Boston, Tuesday, December 31st
Minnesota home to St. Louis, Tuesday, December 31st