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The Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights play Game 7 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series Friday. Puck drop is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET at T-Mobile Arena. Below, we analyze the Wild-Golden Knights odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
The Wild were struggling mightily on offense in the first 4 games of this series leaving them down 3-1 heading into Game 5 in Las Vegas, while averaging just 1.0 goals per game.
A funny thing has happened along the way, as Minnesota has rattled off 2 straight wins to force a Game 7, notching 7 total goals to just 2 for Vegas.
The game started than Game 5, as there were no goals scored in the first period. Still, it was a bad period, which set the tone for a bad game. The Golden Knights didn’t generate a high-danger chance or much quality, with just 0.15 expected goals in the first 20 minutes.
The second period was a better one for the Golden Knights, even if not from a scoring standpoint. Vegas controlled play, limiting the Wild to five shots, one high-danger chance and 0.29 expected goals.
The Golden Knights generated 0.73 expected goals in the second, their best mark of the game and nearly half their total expected goals at 5-on-5.
In the third, the Wild scored first, 4:21 into the third period, as a pass from Kevin Fiala found Ryan Hartman on a 2-on-1. With Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore trailing the play, Cody Glass was the lone Golden Knight defending.