Wild's top threat tries to snap out of funk

Wild's top threat tries to snap out of funk

Minnesota’s off to a 3-1-1 start despite getting no production from its best offensive player. But will Zach Parise finally light the lamp today?

Stuck on 299 career goals, the left winger hopes his breakthrough comes at Barclay Center. The Islanders and Wild face off at 6 p.m. ET, with online sports book Bovada.lv leaning toward the hosts. Bruce Boudreau’s club, on the other hand, represents a +125 underdog.

Bet on the Action

While Parise hasn’t potted a regular-season tally since last March 31, Minnesota boasts quality victories over Winnipeg, Los Angeles and Toronto so far. The club absorbed an overtime defeat to New Jersey roughly 16 hours ago, but defenseman Ryan Suter and others bombarded Devils netminder Cory Schneider with picks in the final two periods. Certain areas still need to be cleaned up, though, particularly the power play. The Wild are just 2-for-22 with the man advantage.

Jack Capuano feels just fine about his special teams. Yet New York’s coach desperately needs to see superior work between the pipes. Starter Jaroslav Halak will probably yield to Thomas Greiss in this instance. The West Germany native owns a 2-2 record in four career outings against Minnesota.

NHL Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Boudreau’s likely to counter with his own backup. Darcy Kuemper faced the Isles on Feb. 2, stopping all eight shots he faced in relief of Devan Dubnyk. Still, we’re inclined to side with the well-rested host group here.

SUNDAY NHL FREE PICK: WILD/ISLANDERS OVER 5 GOALS

Loading...

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Bruins, Knights co-NHL favorites The NHL is on an indefinite leave right now, but the anticipated race to the Stanley Cup looks like it will be a very competitive one. Here’s the latest odds to...
Thumbnail NHL Suspends Play Due to Coronavirus While the NHL suspended play on Thursday due to the coronavirus, the league also intends on finishing its regular season at some point. Whether or not the league...
Thumbnail Senators vs. Kings Wednesday Prediction Did oddsmakers set the over/under for Wednesday night’s matchup between the Senators and Kings too high? The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Stars Tuesday Prediction The Rangers and Stars meet in Dallas on Tuesday night when the two teams meet at 8:30 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 5.5, what’s the best play for bettors...
Thumbnail Capitals vs. Sabres Monday Prediction The over/under for Monday night’s matchup between the Capitals and Sabres is sitting at a whopping 6.5 goals but does that mean the over is out of the question...

NHL Headlines