2019-20 NHL – Minnesota Wild @ Pittsburgh Penguins Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Minnesota Wild @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? Wednesday 15th January, 2020 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Minnesota Wild @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh

What channel is Minnesota Wild @ Pittsburgh Penguins on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Minnesota Wild @ Pittsburgh Penguins? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Minnesota Wild @ Pittsburgh Penguins? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Minnesota Wild 4 – 7 Pittsburgh Penguins

THE TEAM NEWS

MINNESOTA WILD

  • The Wild are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks and that result pushed their losing streak to three games. They have won just one of their last five games and that poor run of form has dropped Minnesota to 11th place in the Western Conference with 46 points out of 45 games. They are seven points adrift a playoff berth.
  • Minnesota will be close to full strength in this game. Their lone absentee could be center Mason Shaw, who is dealing with a knee injury and has been listed as a game-time decision ahead of this contest. The rest of the team is injury free.
  • Mats Zuccarello only has one goal and no assists in his last six games. However, he should be primed for a bounce-back performance after a poor run of form. The veteran winger currently has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 41 games this season.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins needed a shutout to get past the Arizona Coyotes but their 4-3 win means the team has now won three straight games, as well as four of their last five. That positive run of results has Pittsburgh in third place of the Eastern Conference standings with 61 points out of 45 games.
  • Star center Sidney Crosby has been listed as questionable due to a groin problem and he will be a game-time decision here. Forwards Jake Guentzel and Nick Bjugstad, as well as defencemen Justin Schultz and Brian Dumoulin, have all been ruled out through injury.
  • Keep an eye on Evgeni Malkin ahead of this contest. He had two assists the last time out, and he has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last three contests. The veteran playmaker is having a strong season with 44 points (13 goals, 31 assists) in only 32 games this term.

THE PREDICTION

The Wild enter this game on a three-game losing run, while the Penguins have won each of their last three contests. Pittsburgh also have the home-field advantage and, to tip the scales their way even further, they own a better attack – 154 goals scored – and stronger defence – 122 goals allowed – compared to Minnesota. Pittsburgh should be able to secure the win here rather easily.

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