Welcome back to NHL Predictions, March 5th edition! Each day, the Last Word On Hockey team will break down every game and give our NHL predictions for each game. This is the late game slate of NHL Predictions for March 5th featuring the Minnesota Wild vs Arizona Coyotes. Be sure to check out the early game slate of NHL Predictions, too.
NHL Predictions Including Minnesota Wild vs Arizona Coyotes
Anaheim Ducks vs Colorado Avalanche
Head-to-Head: Ducks 1 – 1 Avalanche
The last time the Anaheim Ducks went head to head with Colorado Avalanche, they got outshot 33-14. However, the Ducks found a way to hold on thanks to John Gibson coming in the clutch in Anaheim’s 3-1 upset. Since then, things have gotten worse for the Ducks, not able to catch any breaks. For the worse, the team finds itself in a unique situation, being four losses away from tying their franchise-worst at 12 consecutive games.
This is a young team with great talent that has seen appearances this season already from eight players being an age 23 years old or younger. Regarding their young players the 21-year-old, Isac Lundestrom had his first career hat-trick in the team’s loss on Wednesday night. It’s safe to say that Anaheim relies on their young guns once again.
Philipp Grubauer earned himself a shut-out victory in his last outing to support the Avalanche in a victory, 4-0. Colorado players Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen each had four points in their previous win to provide Rantanen 22 points on the season. The team owns a 12-7-1 record that gives them 25 points, setting them four points behind first-placed Vegas.
In team news, Nathan MacKinnon‘s hit on Wednesday’s game during the third period was a head injury that later reported he seems ok, listing him day-to-day. With or without the Avalanches’ star player, the team’s high firing offence and experience will prosper a win.
Prediction: 5-1 Avalanche
Minnesota Wild vs. Arizona Coyotes
Head-to-Head: Wild Ducks 0 – 0 Coyotes
In the all-West division, late-night NHL Predictions, the satisfaction of an all-new matchup for this season is upon us. With just two points separating the Minnesota Wild (25 points) and Arizona Coyotes (23 points) the game should display strong contention.
For the Minnesota Wild, rookie Kirill Kaprizov continues to steer in the Calder Trophy race leading with 17 points. Along with Kaprizov’s success the team had a six-game winning streak on the run. The streak would end by dropping their last two games vs Vegas Golden Knights. The Wild have been nothing but impressive this season, being able to challenge their West divisional competition for a spot in the postseason.
On the other side of the ice, Arizona coming off of a win where they displayed a physical game and had it pay off for them. Tyler Pitlick instigated the start of the Coyote’s physical dominance to spark his team to follow. Conor Garland registered an assist to keep his four-game point streak alive and hold his lead on the team with 20 points.
The Coyotes this season hold a record of 10-9-3 and are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games. Tonight is an important game for both teams and, Arizona has a chance to catch their opponent. Minnesota prefers to get back to their previous winning ways to gain breathing room in the standings. This should be an entertaining game tonight that delivers excitement.
Prediction: 3-2 OT Coyotes
Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks
Head-to-Head: Knights 1 – 0 Sharks
The Vegas Golden Knights own a 14-4-1 record with a winning streak of four games. With 29 points on the season, they’re holding down the first spot in the West. They also hold an 11 point lead on the San Jose Sharks. Vegas is a team that does not surrender several goals, they rank second in the NHL for allowing 31 goals against.
The Sharks hold a record of 8-10-2, which sits them in seventh place for the West retaining 18 points. San Jose is still capable of pulling off an upset and there is no counting them out. Martin Jones displayed some solid goaltending skills in his last performance stopping 33 out of 35 shots posting a .943 save percentage. Six different players for the team registered a goal that night as well, showcasing the team’s effort. With the history of these two team’s anything is bound to take place tonight. However, Vegas has its sights set on staying as the division’s best team.
Prediction: Knights Win 5-2