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NHL Game Preview - Ducks underdogs vs Wild at Minnesota

Anaheim Ducks

Minnesota Wild
0-1-0 October 05, 2013, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 0-0-1

Minnesota will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the Anaheim Ducks pay a visit to Xcel Energy Center.

Supporters of the Ducks have seen them go 0-1-0 so far this season, while the Wild are at 0-0-1. In totals betting, the Wild are 0-0-1, while the Ducks are 1-0.

View Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

The Wild were listed earlier today as -136 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

The Wild - Ducks odds would favor the Wild if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 15 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Anaheim is at No. 16.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Kings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Kings at -110 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 2 goals per game, against a Ducks defense that ranks No. 30 at 6 goals allowed. The Wild power play is averaging 20% while the Ducks defense kills off 50% of their penalties.

A few Ducks at Wild trends to consider:
Anaheim is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Anaheim's last 16 games on the road
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Anaheim at Atlanta, Sunday, October 6th
Minnesota at Nashville, Tuesday, October 8th