NHL Hockey betting Lines for Thursday’s Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh Matchup
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The 2018 NHL hockey betting season continues this evening with an enticing Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins pairing. Unsurprisingly, the Penguins are having a hard time living up to the title of reigning champions. But it is to be expected, since Pittsburgh just finished up winning back to back titles. Nevertheless, the Wild represents a worthy opponent for this evening’s action. Let’s take a gander at what kind of turnout the 5 team parlay odds are predicting for this Thursday night matchup.
Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Thursday, January 25th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NHL TV
NHL Hockey Betting Lines:
Minnesota Wild +1 ½ (-240) 5 ½ (EV) +125
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+200) 5 ½ (-120) -145
The Wild charge into this Thursday night pairing flashing a 26-17-5 record that ranks them 5th in the Central Division. Surprisingly, the Wild, who have made the playoffs the last 4 years in a row, are having a hard time contending for a spot in this year’s postseason. At the present time, the Wild are sitting on 57 points on the season. But the division-leading Winnipeg Jets sitting on 65, and the 3rd place St. Louis Blues sitting on 61, the playoff picture looks bleak for Minnesota. Theoretically, there’s still enough time left in the season for Minnesota to make a postseason push. However, from what we’ve seen out of the Wild this season, there’s no reason to expect them to. Nevertheless, Minnesota is 4-1 in their last 5 and the NHL hockey betting lines aren’t ruling them out this season. Should bettors back the underdog in this evening’s Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins matchup?
Considering the below listed stats, taking the Wild straight up doesn’t seem that ludicrous. At the same time, neither team has had too much luck against the spread this season, so you shouldn’t definitely shy away from that line. The same goes for the over/under line.
The Penguins slide into this evening’s contest with a slightly disappointing 26-21-3 record. That record gives way to 55 points on the season, which isn’t good enough for a playoff spot at the moment. Despite being the reigning champs, Pittsburgh is having a hard time living up to expectations. It’s not all that surprising however, considering how making the Stanley Cup series stretches a team’s season exponentially. Having to make two back-to-back series, it’s perfectly understandable to Pittsburgh a bit exhausted. Notwithstanding that fatigue, the Penguins are 4-2 in their last 6 matchups. The Guins will be looking to improve on that this evening, and the sportsbook betting lines are backing them all the way. What do the NHL stats have to say about it?
Overall, the Wild aren’t at that much of a disadvantage this evening. Surprisingly, Minnesota has the better offense since they rank 15th in the NHL while the Guins rank 17th. On top of that, the Wild also have the better defense since they rank 12th in goals allowed while Pittsburgh ranks 22nd. However, the Penguins take the cake in the power play percentage arena, since they’re the best in the NHL in that specific area.