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Minnesota Wild

Tampa Bay Lightning
3-2-2 October 17, 2013, 07:30 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 4-2-0

Tampa Bay will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Minnesota Wild pay a visit to Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Supporters of the Wild have seen them go 3-2-2 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 4-2-0. In totals betting, the Lightning are 3-3, while the Wild are 2-3-2.

View Minnesota Wild vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 9 (Lightning) and the No. 10 (Wild) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Maple Leafs on October 15. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at -137 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 5-ranked offense (3.83 goals per game) against a Wild defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.43 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 27.27% rate while the Wild have a 68% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Wild at Lightning trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Florida, Saturday, October 19th
Tampa Bay at Boston, Saturday, October 19th