NHL Best Bets: Wild vs. Senators Game Picks

Two teams aspiring to be playoff clubs in 2022-23 are set to face off tonight, with the Minnesota Wild visiting the Ottawa Senators.

All Odds Courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook

Minnesota Wild (-126) vs. Ottawa Senators (+105) Total: 6.5 (O -118, U -104) 

After losing the first two games of their regular season, the Ottawa Senators have now compiled four straight victories. The Wild were also slow out of the gate but did pick up a decisive win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday to improve to 2-3-1. Both teams have a surplus of offensive talent up front, but injuries took a toll on the Sens this week, most notably with Josh Norris expected to miss multiple months due to a shoulder injury. 

Expectations were high for the Wild entering the season after qualifying for the playoffs last year. The Senators are still trying to get over the hump of their rebuild to get back to playing meaningful games late in the season. So far, so good for the Senators, but the Wild have been fighting the puck recently and will need to take advantage of an Ottawa team that doesn’t boast a scary defensive core. With the Wild having some star talent up front and on the backend, this could be a matchup where they can get back on track and find success. 

On paper, the Wild are a better team than the Senators, but there’s reason to be bullish about the prospects of Ottawa at home tonight. Even in a solid victory against the Habs on Tuesday, the Wild didn’t look like a very comfortable team, while the Sens have been firing on all cylinders. There’s likely some value targeting the Sens on the moneyline, which is priced in plus-money territory at +105. 

Best Bet: Senators moneyline (+105)

Neither the Wild nor the Senators have been great defensively, highlighted by tonight’s total listed at 6.5. The over is juiced at -118, while the under is sitting at -104. During the Senators’ four-game win streak, the team has seen goal totals eclipse seven or more in three of those four games, with the one outlier hitting six. The Sens’ offense is finally in full effect, and it’s hard to see that not continuing in this matchup, so there’s likely merit in targeting the over 6.5 tonight. 

Best Bet: Over 6.5 (-118) 

One of the top young talents in the NHL is Wild superstar Kirill Kaprizov, who continues to put up big numbers for Minnesota. The third-year NHLer is coming off a 108-point season and has already tallied eight points through six games. This should be the type of matchup where the Wild forward feasts. There should be some value in targeting the Wild forward to score tonight, which is currently listed at +112.

Best Prop: Kirill Kaprizov to Record Over 0.5 Goals (+112)