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NHL betting line favors Wild over Senators

Ottawa Senators

Minnesota Wild
20-18-8 January 14, 2014, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 25-18-5

Ottawa pays a visit to Minnesota on Tuesday, hoping to shut down the Wild snipers in hockey action at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota will face the 20-18-8 Senators. In totals betting, the Wild are 14-23-11 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Senators are 27-18-1 favoring the OVER.

View Ottawa Senators vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Senators listed earlier today as underdogs of 129 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 22-ranked Wild and the No. 16-rated Senators in this matchup.

Last time out for Ottawa, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Predators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Senators at +100 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Minnesota won its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Predators on January 12. Bettors who backed the Wild at +135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 24-ranked offense (2.46 goals per game) against a Senators defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.17 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 19.46% rate while the Senators have a 79.89% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Ottawa home to Montreal, Thursday, January 16th
Minnesota home to Edmonton, Thursday, January 16th