Wild vs Ducks Betting Preview on Wednesday Night

The High-Flying Anaheim Ducks Host Minnesota Wild in Late Night Showdown

Wednesday Night’s action in the National Hockey League winds down with a contest out west between the Minnesota Wild and the Anaheim Ducks. Let’s analyze this Western Conference showdown with the Wild vs Ducks Betting Preview for Wednesday night.

Game Information: Minnesota Wild (5-5-1, 11 points) vs Anaheim Ducks (4-8-1, 9 points)
Date, Time & Streaming:
Location: Honda Center, Anaheim, California

Wild Times for Minnesota Hockey

The Minnesota Wild continue their trek through California tonight with a battle against the Anaheim Ducks, just twenty-four hours after a tough 1-0 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

The big takeaway from last night’s contest was star forward Kirill Kaprizov losing his cool and slashing Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in the head and neck area, giving him a Match Penalty for slashing, ejecting him from the contest, giving Los Angeles a five-minute power-play, and now the 28-year old Russian native will miss tonight’s game against Anaheim as he awaits his suspension hearing from the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety.

A mandatory in-person hearing is required whenever any player incurs a Match Penalty, which would suggest Kaprizov might miss several games. That’s a big blow for a Wild offense that has failed to score in back-to-back games after scoring three or more goals in seven of their previous eight contests.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was sharp in the losing effort, making 20 saves on 21 shots faced, and the blue line corps in front of him laid down their bodies all night, blocking an NHL team stats total of 22 shots on the night.

Ducks Flying All Over The Ice

The Anaheim Ducks are looking for some stability and consistency towards the right direction as they head into this contest against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games. Monday’s 5-2 defeat against the Florida Panthers was the fourth loss in the last five starts for goaltender John Gibson, who has been playing through some lower body discomfort early in the year and it’s shown in his record and overall play thus far.

The 29-year old Pittsburgh native is just 7-5-3 in 15 career starts against Minnesota, with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .928% save percentage, although it remains unclear as of press time if head coach Dallas Eakins will go with Gibson or backup Anthony Stolarz between the pipes for this contest.

Forward Ryan Strome chipped in a goal and an assist in the losing effort. The 29-year old speedster has ten points in his first 13 games with his new club. Only forwards Troy Terry and Trevor Zegras have scored more for the Ducks this year with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

Wild vs Ducks Betting Preview & Odds

Sportsbooks have the Minnesota Wild betting odds to win as large favorites against the hosting Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night priced in the range around -170 to -180. Minnesota has dominated Anaheim in this series, winning ten consecutive meetings and 11 of the last 12 overall versus the Ducks, including four straight at the Honda Center.

This is the tenth game this season where Minnesota has been favored, with the Wild going 5-4 in the first nine games in that role. For Anaheim, it’s their 14th game of the season as an underdog, with the Ducks just 3-9-1 in that spot.

Minnesota is 3/4-1/2-1/2 on the road this season, while Anaheim is 2-2 in their first four home contests. The Wild are 10-2/9-3 in their last 12 games against Pacific Division opponents.

The total for this contest is set at 6.5 goals shaded slightly to the Over around the pick’em range between -110 to -120. Anaheim is 8-5 to the Over this season, including the Over cashing in three of their last four home games. For Minnesota, they are 6-6/7-5 to the Over this year.

Check out all the updated Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks Betting Preview, future odds, stats, recent news and betting tips, NHL lineups right here at Point Spreads.

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