Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild Odds, Prediction and Picks!
Vancouver Canucks (-105) vs. Minnesota Wild (-125)
The Canucks offensive depth is being tested in this series. In Game 2, Tyler Toffoli and Adam Gaudette were deemed 'unfit to play,' and in stepped in Jake Virtanen and Loui Eriksson who both provided a spark for the offense. Also, during Game 2, Micheal Ferland and Antoine Roussel were forced to leave the game due to injuries. Ferland will not be back in this series, so there will be some game-time decisions with nagging injuries for the Canucks entering Game 3. With that being said, the star players on the Canucks have announced their arrival in this series. There top 6 forwards are responsible for there scoring in the 4-3 win in Game 2, and this is a great confidence booster for this Canucks young core going into Game 3 against a stingy Wild defense.
The Wild peppered Jacob Markstrom with 35 shots in Game 2 and managed to score 2 goals in the last 3 minutes of the game to make the scoreline closer. Even though the last 2 goals were in garbage time, they were both scored by Kevin Fiala and his confidence should be at an all-time high going into Game 3 with 17 goals in his last 20 games. Also, the Wild had a rough night on the power play by going 0/6 and that will be a point of concern going into this one. With the series at 1-1, the Wild will have 2 'home games' in a row to get the matchups they want against the Canucks top players.
As with the prior 2 games in this series, I expect this game to be tightly contested and a back-and-forth battle. The emergence of the line of Boeser-Pettersson-Miller will be an interesting one to watch as the series progresses as they looked dominant in Game 2. There are a couple of injuries we have to look for on the Canucks, but their injuries are to role players in their bottom 6. Boeser has looked re-energized in this series and I am expecting another big game from the Minnesota native.
I'm taking the slight underdogs in this one, Canucks Moneyline -105