Minnesota hosts Seattle after Fiala’s 2-goal game
Seattle Kraken (26-44-6, eighth in the Pacific) vs. Minnesota Wild (49-21-7, second in the Central)
St. Paul, Minnesota; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Wild -288, Kraken +233; over/under is 6
BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota hosts the Seattle Kraken after Kevin Fiala scored two goals in the Wild’s 6-3 win over the Canucks.
The Wild are 26-16-3 against Western Conference opponents. Minnesota is fifth in the league averaging 3.7 goals per game, led by Kirill Kaprizov with 44.
The Kraken are 13-31-0 in Western Conference play. Seattle averages 8.8 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the Western Conference. Vince Dunn leads the team serving 61 total minutes.
In their last meeting on Nov. 13, Minnesota won 4-2. Rem Pitlick recorded a team-high 3 points for the Wild.
TOP PERFORMERS: Alex Goligoski leads the Wild with a plus-45 in 69 games this season. Fiala has nine goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Carson Soucy leads the Kraken with a plus-12 in 58 games this season. Jared McCann has five assists over the last 10 games for Seattle.
LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 7-1-2, averaging 4.2 goals, 6.7 assists, 3.9 penalties and 10.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .901 save percentage.
Kraken: 5-5-0, averaging 2.3 goals, 4.4 assists, 3.6 penalties and 9.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .915 save percentage.
INJURIES: Wild: Tyson Jost: day to day (lower body), Jordan Greenway: day to day (upper-body), Matt Dumba: day to day (upper body), Marcus Foligno: out (covid-19), Alex Goligoski: day to day (undisclosed).
Kraken: Brandon Tanev: out for season (knee), Jaden Schwartz: day to day (upper body), Haydn Fleury: day to day (upper body).