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Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild Game 3 odds, picks and prediction

May 18, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA;Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) celebrates after assisting on a goal by Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) during the second period against the Minnesota Wild in game two of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights and Minnesota Wild play Game 3 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series Thursday. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET at Xcel Energy Center. Below, we analyze the Golden Knights-Wild odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Golden Knights bounced back in Game 2 with a 3-1 win as heavy favorites after getting tripped up 1-0 in overtime in Game 1. The goaltending has obviously been on point in this series, with offense at a premium.

The Wild are back on home ice where they posted a 21-5-2 record this season. That includes three wins in four tries against the Knights, with a 3-2 overtime loss May 5 as the only setback in St. Paul.

Golden Knights at Wild: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 9 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Golden Knights -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | Wild -105 (bet $105 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Golden Knights -1.5 (+210) | Wild +1.5 (-250)
  • Over/Under: 5.5 (O: +110 | U: -135)

Golden Knights at Wild: Projected starting goalies

Marc-Andre Fleury (26-10-0, 1.98 GAA, .928 SV%, 6 SO) vs. Cam Talbot (19-8-5, 2.63 GAA, .915 SV%, 2 SO)

Fleury has turned aside 63 of the 65 shots he has faced in the postseason for a stellar .969 SV%. Unfortunately for Fleury, he has won once and lost once. He is just 1-2-0 in three games in St. Paul this season, but he has a 2.49 GAA and .910 SV%, so expect another low-scoring affair.

Talbot has been money at home, going 12-2-2 with a 2.50 GAA and .912 SV% with two shutouts in 17 games. He has matched Fleury in this series, and is looking championship-caliber so far.

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Golden Knights at Wild: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Golden Knights 2, Wild 1

Money line (ML)

The GOLDEN KNIGHTS (-115) are slight favorites on the road, and they’re a good play behind Fleury. He is just 8-14-0 in his career against Minnesota, but he has been on point in this series so far.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The Wild +1.5 (-250) will cost you two and a half times your potential return at home. I don’t trust the Golden Knights -1.5 (+210) to win by at least 2, but Minnesota is just too expensive.

AVOID.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 5.5 (-135) is the play in this series until further notice. We’ve had a total of just 5 goals in the first two games, as Talbot and Fleury have been standing on their heads. Look for more of the same in Game 3.

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