Penguins vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks Today 12/18

Penguins vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks Today 12/18

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Preview: Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 

Introduction

Get ready for an exciting showdown as the Minnesota Wild face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Check out the detailed preview, featuring player statistics, recent team performances, and a prediction for the game scheduled on December 18, 2023, at 5:00 PM.

 

Minnesota Wild

The Wild, with a record of 12-12-4, take on the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are 13-13-3.

Goaltender Duel:

The Wild feature Filip Gustavsson (8 wins, 2.84 GA/G, .908 SV%), while the Penguins have Tristan Jarry (9 wins, 2.61 GA/G, .913 SV%) and Alex Nedeljkovic (3 wins, 2.52 GA/G, .929 SV%).

 

Game Information

The game is set at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, on December 18, 2023, at 5:00 PM. Pittsburgh is favored with a -125 money line, and the over/under is set at 6.5 goals.

 

Scoring Leaders

Key players to watch include Mats Zuccarello for the Wild and Jake Guentzel for the Penguins. Zuccarello leads with 28 points and 6 goals, while Guentzel boasts 32 points and 13 goals.

 

Injury Report

The Wild have Jared Spurgeon listed as day-to-day with an expected return date of December 18, while Jonas Brodin is on IR-LT with a return date of December 18. For the Penguins, Bryan Rust is on IR with an expected return date of December 18, and Rickard Rakell is on IR until November 28.

 

Team Stats

Let's compare the team statistics:

Team GF/G GA/G SF/G SA/G PIM PPG PCT PPGA PCT SHG SHGA
Minnesota Wild 2.96 3.18 30.4 30.4 323 16 16.8 27 73.0 2 0
Pittsburgh Penguins 2.83 2.76 33.1 31.5 240 11 12.9 18 81.1 2 0

 

Recent Performances

Review the last 5 games for both teams:

Minnesota Wild

The Wild are coming off a shootout victory against Vancouver (12/16) and wins against Calgary (12/14) and Seattle (12/10).

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins suffered a significant loss against Toronto (12/16) but secured a shootout win against Montreal (12/13) and a regular win against Arizona (12/12).

 

Prediction

The Minnesota Wild are well-positioned to capitalize on the defensive struggles of the Pittsburgh Penguins. With offensive firepower and recent strong performances, the Wild are expected to secure a victory in this matchup.

Pick: Minnesota Wild ML +110

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