Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Minnesota Wild, Thursday, NHL Hockey Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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Vegas at Minnesota, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, November 30, 2017
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
TV: 8 p.m. ET, AT&TSN-Rocky Mountain (Vegas), FSN North (Minnesota)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
7-Vegas Golden Knights +1½ -205 +146 Ov 6 +112
8-Minnesota Wild -1½ +175 -162 Un 6 -123
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The Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Minnesota Wild will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Xcel Energy Center.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (15-7-1): Erik Haula made himself at home in Minnesota, as the Finnish-born forward was a prep school and college star in the state before spending the past four seasons with the Wild. “The whole deal is going to be super weird,” the 26-year-old Haula told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’m going to try to have as much fun with it as possible. I definitely had this day marked on my calendar.” Haula, who joins former Wild forward Alex Tuch and defenseman Clayton Stoner in returning to Minnesota, has answered a sluggish start to the season by recording 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last 11 games.

ABOUT THE WILD (11-10-3): Coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t mind doing the math when discussing the recent generous play on defense by Minnesota, which has yielded 13 goals in its last two games and 30 over its last seven on the heels of three consecutive shutouts. “That’s 4 1/2 goals a game. If you’re going to do that, you can’t win in the NHL,” Boudreau said. “It’s almost impossible for me to think you can get three shutouts in a row and seven games later you allow 30 goals.” Devan Dubnyk will look to stop the bleeding after permitting 18 goals in his last four outings, albeit with a 2-1-1 mark.

Oddsmakers opened the Wild as -165-moneyline favorites versus the Golden Knights, while the game’s total opened at 6.

Born in Southern California, Jason Zucker was raised in Las Vegas and is the only Nevada-produced player in NHL history. Zucker will get a firsthand look at the expansion franchise on Thursday as his Minnesota Wild welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to the Xcel Energy Center.

Zucker, who is a former IHL Las Vegas Thunder stick boy and roller hockey star, has 10 of his team-leading 13 goals during a 12-game stretch. The 25-year-old carries a four-game point streak into Thursday’s tilt for Minnesota, which has dropped four of six and has been on the receiving end of back-to-back drubbings by Central Division rivals St. Louis and Winnipeg. Vegas saw its second five-game winning streak of the season come to a halt after suffering its first shutout in franchise history on Tuesday, with Radek Faksa’s hat trick accounting for the damage in a 3-0 setback to Dallas. “I thought we played a pretty strong game but we just couldn’t get any grade-A scoring chances,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 7-2 loser as they battled the Jets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Jets at -129 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Las Vegas was a 3-0 loser in its last match at home against the Stars. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

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Las Vegas:
Team record: 15-7-1 SU
Las Vegas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Las Vegas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Las Vegas’s last 16 games

Team record: 11-10-3 SU
Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games

Next up:
Las Vegas at Winnipeg Friday, December 1
Minnesota home to St. Louis Saturday, December 2

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. Minnesota C Eric Staal (team-leading 13 assists, 21 points) has scored four goals and set up nine others in his last 12 contests.

2. Vegas D Brayden McNabb signed a four-year, $10 million contract, the team announced Wednesday.

3. Wild F Zach Parise skated on Wednesday for the first time since microdiscectomy surgery on Oct. 24. There is no timeline for his return to practice or games, however.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Minnesota Wild will win outright at -162 and the game will stay under 6 goals according to

PREDICTION: Wild 3, Golden Knights 2 at .

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