Minnesota -110 Edmonton O/U 5.5
Recommendation: See analysis
My clients and I cashed a pair of tickets with Minnesota and the over last night in its 5-3 win over Calgary and that is the same route I will take tonight as the Wild look to make it three straight wins since their coaching change. Minnesota has responded in a big way in its first two games under interim head coach John Torchetti having notched back-to-back wins over Vancouver and Calgary following a brutal 1-13 slide. They have played with a lot more energy and have been employing a more aggressive, attack minded style of hockey as they have burst out for 10 goals in their last two games. That is trouble for an Edmonton team that has struggled defensively most of the season especially of late as the Oilers have yielded 24 goals during their current 1-5 skid. It also doesn’t help that they’ve seen another defenseman go down with an injury as Eric Gryba suffered a knee injury in Edmonton’s last game against Anaheim and will be out for at least a month. That's not good for an Oilers team lacking quality depth on the blue line. This is not an optimal spot for Minnesota playing the second night of back-to-back games on the road but the travel from Calgary to Edmonton is not arduous and the situation has already been factored into this line with Minnesota basically at a pick 'em despite being the better team. I believe the boost of energy and confidence the Wild have found since the coaching change can certainly carry over to tonight’s game especially facing a bottom-tier team such as the Edmonton Oilers. It’s also worth noting Minnesota is on a 7-0-1 O/U run. I’ll recommend a half unit each on Minnesota at -110 and also the over at a solid +115 price.