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Minnesota Wild host Tampa Bay Lightning in hockey action

Tampa Bay Lightning

Minnesota Wild
32-18-5 February 04, 2014, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 29-21-7

The hockey wagering menu sees a clash between Minnesota and Tampa Bay on Tuesday, with the host Wild trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

The Wild sport a record of 29-21-7 heading into this matchup, while the Lightning sit at 32-18-5 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 17-27-13 for the Wild and 25-27-3 for the Lightning.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Wild as -116 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wild rated this week at No. 26 and the Lightning sitting at No. 3.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Canadiens. Bettors on Tampa Bay at +114 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Flames on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Flames at -108 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 24-ranked offense (2.46 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.49 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 17.88% rate while the Lightning have a 80.42% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Toronto, Thursday, February 6th
Minnesota home to Nashville, Thursday, February 6th