Vegas looked set to move forward after taking a 3-1 lead in the series, but now faces elimination after falling to win in two consecutive outings before Friday’s game at T-Mobile Arena.
The recent Golden Knights fights have rekindled memories of their playoff collapse two years ago. Three games against one against the San Jose Sharks, Vegas failed to slam the door in that opener, losing Games 5 and 6. The Golden Knights then let a 3-0 lead slip away in third period in Game 7, losing a 5-4 decision in overtime to withdraw from the playoffs.
Among the NHL’s most successful teams during the regular season, the Golden Knights struggled to generate a regular offense against the Wild. The Golden Knights’ 3-0 loss to Minnesota in Game 6 on Wednesday night marked their second shutout loss of the series. Overall, Vegas has averaged just 2.33 goals per game in this series and has only scored five total goals in its three home games to date.
In addition to extending their all-time record of poor performances against Minnesota, the Golden Knights’ offense has fueled a stable 6-2-1 record for the UNDERs on online betting sites in their last nine outings. Overall, Vegas has claimed victory in just six of 14 games with the Wild this season, and claimed victory in just four of 11 all-time games with the Wild in Minnesota, according to the OddsShark database of the NHL.
Set at +155 road underdogs on Game 7 odds, the Wild look to Friday’s contest with limited pressure. Ranked as long shots of over 1,000 long shots on the series awards following their loss in Game 4, the Wilds benefited from spectacular surveillance from veteran Cam Talbot, who twice backed the team. to victory in the series against 40 or more shots. However, the Minnesota defense steadily increased its contribution as the series progressed, limiting the Vegas snipers to 23 shots or less in two of the last three games.
The Wild also boast an unblemished all-time record in Game 7 situations, claiming victory in three previous appearances. However, playoff success has eluded Minnesota in recent years, with the Wild having recorded just two series wins in nine playoff appearances since their march to the Western Conference Finals in 2003.