The Vegas Golden Knights travel to meet the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series Wednesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET at Xcel Energy Center. Below, we analyze the Golden Knights-Wild odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
The Golden Knights squandered a chance to put away the Wild in Game 5, as Minnesota finally solved Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury. Vegas had allowed just 4 goals in the first four games of the series, but Minnesota matched that total in the elimination-game win.
The Wild are back on home ice, and so far their 0-for-2 against the Golden Knights in St. Paul. Minnesota was outscored 9-2 in their home barn in Games 3 and 4.
Golden Knights at Wild: Odds, spread and lines
Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 9:55 a.m. ET.
- Money line: Golden Knights -135 (bet $135 to win $100) | Wild +110 (bet $100 to win $110)
- Against the spread/ATS: Golden Knights -1.5 (+185) | Wild +1.5 (-225)
- Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Golden Knights at Wild: Projected starting goalies
Marc-Andre Fleury (26-10-0, 1.98 GAA, .928 SV%, 6 SO) vs. Cam Talbot (19-8-5, 2.63 GAA, .915 SV%, 2 SO)
Fleury allowed 3 goals on just 13 shots in Game 5, as he just didn’t have it at T-Mobile Arena Monday night. Sometimes when goaltenders see sporadic shots from the opposition, they’re not quite as locked in.
Talbot allowed just 2 goals on 40 shots for his second road win of the series. After a total of just 4 goals of support in the first four games, he received an outburst of offensive help in Game 5.
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Golden Knights at Wild: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Wild 3, Golden Knights 2
Money line (ML)
The WILD (+110) failed to win on home ice in two previous tries, but they’ll get it done Wednesday to force Game 7 in Vegas Friday night. This won’t be easy, and could potentially require overtime.
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Against the spread (ATS)
The Wild +1.5 (-225) will cost you more than two times your potential return, and that’s just not a recommended wager. Over the long haul you’re going to lose your shirt with bets of that nature. Just play the money line instead.
UNDER 5.5 (-110) is the lean. The Under is 3-0-1 in VGK’s past four games as a favorite, and the Under is 5-2 in the Wild’s last seven playoff games as underdogs.
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