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Minnesota Wild 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

Minnesota Wild 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

Since its founding in 2000, the Minnesota Wild has been the epitome of mediocrity and the ultimate tease. Minnesota has ten playoff appearances in the past 11 seasons. They never advanced past the second round. Minnesota’s best run was in 2003 when they made the Western Conference Final. This year, the franchise culture of being just good enough has come crashing down. Yes, Minnesota is still technically in the playoff hunt, but nobody takes them seriously, nor should they. Head coach Dean Evason was fired on October 27 in favor of NHL retread John Hynes, with no real difference in results.

2024 Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Minnesota Wild NHL Betting Lines

At the approach of the All-Star Break, the Minnesota Wild are 21-22-5 straight up and 22-17-3 over/under the total. Also, Minnesota is 7th in the Western Conference wild card playoff standings. Minnesota is six points behind the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference wild card playoff race. Late on, Minnesota has covered four out of their last six games. While the Wild have gone over the total in four of its previous five matchups. Minnesota has NHL rankings of 19th for goals scored and 17th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Wild have NHL rankings of 25th for goals against and 31st for penalty killing.

As the metrics show, Minnesota is a mediocre product with no real strengths. What alarms long time fans and gamblers is that the Wild were once renowned for tight defense and quality goaltending. That is no longer the case. The Wild are hopelessly under par as a legitimate championship contender.

Minnesota Wild Key Players

LW Kirill Kaprizov was among the Minnesota leaders with 18 goals, 24 assists, 42 points, and a +5 in his first 40 games. Kaprizov is coming off consecutive 40-goal seasons. In 2024, he was named to the All-Star Game for the third straight season.

C Joel Eriksson Ek had a good start with 20 goals, 18 assists, 38 points, and a +13 in his first 47 games. Eriksson Ek was the 20th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Wild. In 421 career games, he has 92 goals, 114 assists, and 2006 points.

D Brock Faber has emerged as an asset as the top Minnesota blue-liner. In his first 47 games, Faber had four goals and 24 assists for 28 points and a +6. He continues to improve as a power play quarterback.

Minnesota Wild Goaltenders

Number one goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had a save percentage of .897 and a 2.95 goals against average in his first 23 games. Fleury is a five-time All-Star and won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. But at age 39, how much does he have left in the tank?

Filip Gustavsson had a .896 save percentage and 3.29 goals against average in his first 27 games. This is his second season with Minnesota. Gustavsson impressed everyone with a .931 save percentage in 39 games last year.

Minnesota Wild Head Coach

Head coach John Hynes previously served in that role with the New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators. His career record is 284-255-63.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)

2022–23 82 46 25 3rd, Central Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Stars)
2021–22 82 53 22 2nd, Central Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Blues)
2020–21 56 35 16 3rd, West Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Golden Knights)
2019–20 69 35 27 6th, Central Lost in Qualifying Round, 1–3 (Canucks)
2018–19 82 37 36 7th, Central Did not qualify
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Minnesota Wild History

The Minnesota Wild was founded in 2000 as an NHL expansion team. They arrived after seven dark seasons without the National Hockey League in the Twin Cities and the self-proclaimed “State of Hockey.” Minnesota went to the 2003 Conference Final as a Cinderella team. Since then, the Wild has never gone past the second round ever since. Under general manager Craig Leipold and head coach Dean Evason, the Wild is playing a much more entertaining style of hockey. For most of their existence, they were known as one of the most boring teams in the game.

The Wild are the second NHL team to open for business in Minnesota. The first NHL franchise in the Twin Cities was the Minnesota North Stars. The North Stars were part of the “second six.” Meaning that Minnesota was one of the six teams that were part of the 1967 Great Expansion. That year the NHL doubled in size from six to 12 teams. The North Stars began with great success and were one of the top drawing teams in the immediate years after expansion. But Minnesota was never dominant on the ice, and fans were tired of the mediocre play. Eventually, the North Stars began to lose big money in the late 1970s. Following a resurgence in the 1980s, they again struggled financially and moved to Dallas in 1993.

When the Minnesota Wild were born, they moved into a sparkling Xcel Energy Center, the modern type of arena that opened up additional revenue streams. The Wild have also done a far better job than the North Stars of community involvement and marketing. But a serious championship run remains an elusive goal in the State of Hockey.

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