This is 1* free play on the under between the Coyotes and Wild on Wednesday night.
These teams have played twice this year: the Coyotes won 2-1 at home on February 4th, before Minnesota won 4-3 in Phoenix on February 28th. Because of the situation that each finds itself coming into this contest, I'm expecting a similar combined score as what we saw in their first matchup this evening. Phoenix is 13-15-4 overall, including just 3-8-3 on the road. The O/U is 15-14-3 overall, and 5-7-2 away from friendly confines. Phoenix has lost six straight, and is coming off a 3-2 home loss to Detroit on Monday. Minnesota is 19-10-2, including 11-3-1 at home. The O/U is 12-16-3 overall, including 5-8-2 in front of the home town crowd. The Wild have won six straight, including a 7-4 victory at Dallas on Monday. As with most "totals" selections, this is a situational play. The Coyotes need to put the pressure on the Wild on both ends of the ice to break out of their slide, and that means a lot of forechecking, and risking life and limb getting into shooting and passing lanes. For the Wild, they need to maintain focus, control the tempo of this game, and to not get caught looking ahead to their back to back set at Dallas and vs. LA on Fri/Sat respectively. When I add it all up, all the factors point to a low-scoring affair.