Ducks vs. Wild NHL Free Pick

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(The Spread) – Can the Ducks end their three-game skid with a win tonight in Minnesota?

ANAHEIM: After starting the season 4-1 (which included a four-game winning streak), the Ducks are now 4-3-0-1 after dropping their last three games. Their latest loss came in Chicago when they blew a lead against the Blackhawks and lost 3-2 in a shootout. They’re now sitting three games back of the Dallas Stars in the win column in the Pacific standings. Teemu Selanne leads the team in points with six, while Sheldon Brookbank has a team-best plus/minus of +4.

MINNESOTA: The wild continued their uneven play with a loss in overtime against Vancouver on Saturday of last week. They’re now 3-2-2-1 on the year, which includes a 2-1-1-0 mark at home. The Wild have failed to win back-to-back games this season and are now three games back of Colorado in the win column in the Northwest standings. Dany Heatley leads the team in points (5) and shots (27), while Niklas Backstrom has three wins and a 2.20 GAA.

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ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the visiting Ducks as –110 money line favorites over the Wild, who are +102 on the ML. Anaheim is 1-1-1 on the road this year while Minnesota is 2-1-1 at home. The over/under total for tonight’s game is currently sitting at 5 goals.

FREE PICK: Take Anaheim. According to latest NHL trends, the favorite is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams while the Ducks are 7-1 in their last eight games as a road favorite. The Wild, meanwhile, are 1-4 in their last five games as a home underdog and 3-12 in their last 15 games after scoring two goals or less in their previous contest. Anaheim puts a halt to its losing streak tonight.

THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: ANAHEIM DUCKS –110

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