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Anaheim vs Minnesota NHL Game Day Call Soaring Ducks Host Wobbling Wild

Anaheim vs Minnesota NHL Game Day Call Soaring Ducks Host Wobbling Wild
Surfing over to the BetOnline sportsbook we find a light three-game National Hockey League slate tonight. The last game on the betting board features the Minnesota Wild visiting SoCal to face the Anaheim Ducks in a battle of teams that are headed in opposite directions. After a dismal start to their season, the Ducks have been soaring since the Christmas break while the Wild have been wallowing in a wasteland of losses recently. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET on January 20, 2016, at the Honda Center in Southern California.

Anaheim is starting to live up to their preseason expectations

Few teams experienced a more disappointing start to their season than the one Anaheim recorded. Facts are facts and the Ducks were dismal posting a 12-15-6 record prior to the Christmas break. To their credit, Anaheim has pulled out of the losing skid as they are 7-3-1 since returning from the holiday break. Enjoying a lot of home cooking; Anaheim is playing a seventh straight game at the Duck Pond. Though it’s been better recently – offense is still an issue as the Ducks 88 goals scored is the lowest total in the league and 12 behind the 100 goals that Philadelphia has potted. Defense has kept Anaheim in games as their 105 goals against is tied for the third lowest total in the NHL.

Clinging to a playoff spot – Minnesota has been in meltdown mode after a hot season start

A near mirror opposite to Anaheim, Minnesota was very strong out of the starting gate as the Wild posted a 10-3-2 record through their first fifteen games. It’s been a mixed bag ever since though as Minnesota is just 11-12-4 over their last 27 contests. The New Year hasn’t been a happy one for the Wild as they are 2-5-2 during the first half of January. Minnesota has lost four straight games, by a low scoring 9-3 combined final count, including a pair of shutout losses to Winnipeg (1-0) on Friday and Nashville (3-0) on Saturday. Similar to Anaheim – Minnesota is offensively challenged as they are 17th overall with 113 goals scored and fairly solid with a sixth best 105 goals allowed.

Minnesota vs Anaheim NHL Prediction: Devan Dubnyk (18-14-4 GAA 2.27) battles John Gibson (9-7-2 GAA 1.90) in the goaltending duel tonight. This is the third and final meeting between these Western Conference clubs this season. The series is tied at a game apiece as the Ducks posted a 4-1 win in Anaheim prior to the Wild winning 3-0 in Minnesota during the first two battles that were played in late October. Backing the hotter team, that’s playing at home and have won ten of the last twelve meetings in this series, we are soaring with the Ducks. Back Anaheim with a five-unit wager on the money line price posted on the NHL betting board at the BetOnline sportsbook.

Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks – BetOnline Sportsbook NHL Wagering Lines

Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks – BetOnline Sportsbook NHL Wagering Lines

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