The Minnesota Wild have exceeded expectations in their best-of-seven series with the Vegas Golden Knights. Experts thought that the Golden Knights would have a relatively easy series and set up the matchup everyone wants to see against the Colorado Avalanche.
There has been one problem with this, though; the Wild are sticking around to the point that they have arrived at a winner-take-all game seven with a chance to move on. MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Vegas -185, while Minnesota checks in at +155. The Golden Knights are favored by 1.5 goals, and the over/under is 5.
Minnesota Wild Betting Preview: Why Not?
The Minnesota Wild come into game seven on the heels of their winning games five and six after falling behind 3-1 in the series. They have now won two games at T-Mobile Arena and have all the confidence going into game seven after a shutout performance in game six. The game was scoreless into the third period when right winger Ryan Hartman put one in at the 4:21 mark of the third.
Left winger Kevin Fiala assisted on that goal and then decided to score one of his own five minutes later. The game was tightly contested throughout, but the Wild were the only team to break through. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 23 saves to earn his second shutout of the series.
The Wild have been led offensively in the series by a handful of players. Center Joel Eriksson Ek leads the Wild with two goals in the series. Defenseman Matt Dumba has a goal and two assists and leads the team with three points. In net, Talbot has been outstanding, recording two shutouts in the series. He has allowed 12 goals in six games and has a goals-against average of 2.01. His save percentage is .937.
Vegas Golden Knights Betting Preview: Win and Advance
The Vegas Golden Knights come into game seven, never expecting to be here. They were tied for the most points in the league, and everyone thought that they and Colorado would have a cakewalk to the second round. Colorado held up their end of the bargain, but Vegas has been in a dogfight after going up 3-1 in the series.
The Golden Knights have managed just two goals in the last two games and have now been shut out twice in the series. This, after the Golden Knights, were third in the entire league in goals scored. In game six, they just could not figure out Talbot and get a puck into the net. They were stymied time and time again. The good news for the Golden Knights is that they will be on home ice. The bad news is that they have lost two of the three games there. It is going to take a championship effort to win game seven.
In the series, the Golden Knights are led offensively by right winger Mark Stone. He has been one of the few players to figure out Talbot, as evidenced by his four goals and five points. Center Chandler Stephenson leads the team with three assists. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 10 goals in the series and has a goals-against average of 1.66. His save percentage is .935.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Vegas -185, while Minnesota checks in at +155. The Golden Knights are favored by 1.5 goals, and the over/under is 5. This series has been sensational, and expect game seven to be no different.
The Wild have shown they belong, and the Golden Knights have gotten exceptional goaltending. This game will come down to who scores last and expect it to be in overtime. Take the Golden Knights to survive this one.