The Seattle Kraken will be hoping to keep their franchise-record winning streak going tonight as they face a Minnesota Wild team who they shut out last week.
The Wild come into this game off the back of a road win against Anaheim but their recent victories haven’t been anything to write home about.
Minnesota Wild vs. Seattle Kraken
Friday, November 11, 2022 – 10:00 PM EST at Climate Pledge Arena
The Minnesota Wild might be a little disappointed in themselves so far this season, as they are 5th in the Western Conference but at the same time, they can be thankful that they have a 50% win rate and luckily for them their division is very tight with only 3 wins separating 1st and 7th.
They have been below average in terms of goals scored and goals allowed but with power play specialists Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello on the roaster they can boast the 5th best PP this season.
These 2 teams faced off last week where the Seattle Kraken came away with a shutout 4-0 victory on the road, Minnesota will be hoping to end their rival's winning streak and make good on that shutout loss.
The Seattle Kraken might have struggled in their inaugural season, but this year it’s been a completely different story as they are 8-4-2 overall and currently on a five-game winning streak (their best in their short franchise history).
Although the Las Vegas Golden Knights are setting a high peace at the top of the Pacific division, Seattle is on course to claim the 2nd spot with a win tonight or maybe even next time out, as they are just one point behind the L.A. Kings having played 2 games less.
Stats and Trends
- The total has gone Under in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games.
- Minnesota is 3-7 in their last 10 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.
- Minnesota is 10-3 in their last 13 games against an opponent in the Pacific Division.
- Seattle is 5-0 in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone Under in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing as the underdog.
- Seattle is 6-0 in their last 6 games played in November.
*Trends should never be your main source of information when it comes to making your NHL betting picks, they are merely guidelines and mostly irrelevant information but nonetheless can be interesting to read and might steer you in the right direction.
Minnesota Wild vs. Seattle Kraken: Game Prediction
As much as we love the Minnesota Wild these days, it’s very strange from the best sportsbooks to be getting Seattle as home underdogs at +105 compared to Minnesota at -110, when they are clearly the more consistent of the 2 teams right now.
The home team has had an extra day rest on their opponents and looking back on the Wild's recent victories they beat the likes of Montreal, Anaheim, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, all teams with a 50% or less win rate.
We know the Wild’s best opportunities come during the power play and although the Seattle Kraken have the 9th worst Penalty Kill in the league, they have the 13th least amount of penalty minutes across the NHL. Comparing that to the Wild who have the 2nd worst penalty minutes in the league and Seattle has had the 8th best powerplay.
All said and done, if Seattle can keep the Wild away from the PP whilst picking up a few themselves, they should come away with the win here to extend their streak to 6-0.
Both teams had 2 power plays each when they faced off last week. Following the NHL odds, we expect a few more than that tonight, especially from this Minnesota team on the road.
Score Prediction: Minnesota Wild 2-4 Seattle Kraken
Oliver Bjorkstrand (Seattle Kraken)
- Over 2.5 Shots
This seems like a perfect spot for the Seattle Kraken's top-ranked shot taker to go Over his 2.5-shot line total. Bjorkstrand has been averaging 3.4 shots per game this season but has failed to see 3+ shots in his previous 2 NHL games.
The Danish-born winger has gone over his total in 8 of 14 games played this season and last time out on the road against the Minnesota Wild he managed to take 4 shots. Surprisingly, Bjorkstrand has only scored once this season (in the opening game) and has failed to score now in 13 games.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see his name on the scoreboard tonight, although we would like better odds than his current NHL anytime goalscorer odds coming in at +165.
Maybe the better value lies with him to score first (+1000) or last (+1100) for our NHL picks.
NHL Prop Pick: Oliver Bjorkstrand Over 2.5 Shots (-120) at BetOnline
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