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NHL Odds: Minnesota Wild Visit the Pens on Thursday Night

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Minnesota Wild face Crosby and Pens

In their first meeting of the season, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (9-2-2) will host the Minnesota Wild (6-4-1) Thursday at 7 PM ET. The Minnesota Wild, having lost their last two games, sit first overall in team defense with an average of 2.00 goals against per game so far in 2016-17. The Wild have only given up three goals in their last five games despite the two-game slide. That stingy Wild defense will look to contain red-hot Evgeni Malkin (seven goals, six assists) and Sidney Crosby, who has eight goals and two assists through eight games when they face off in Steel City.

 

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The Penguins, sixth overall in team offense, have won two straight and have scored a combined nine goals over those games. After missing the first six games of the season with a concussion, Captain Crosby has been on fire, leading the Pens in goals despite playing only half of his team’s games. Netminder, Matt Murray (1.33 GAA, .957 save %), has started the last two games for the Penguins, and may get the nod again this Thursday over Marc-Andre Fleury (3.07 GAA, .912 save %).

 

Look for a battle of offensive strength versus defensive strength on Thursday night, as Pittsburgh will look to utilize its versatile offense against a suffocating Wild defense.

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