Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights: Will Vegas Close Out the Series in Game 5?

Vegas Golden Knights v Minnesota Wild - Game Four
Vegas Golden Knights v Minnesota Wild - Game Four / David Berding/Getty Images

Wild vs. Golden Knights NHL Game Information

Wild (35-16-5) vs. Golden Knights (40-14-2) - Golden Knights lead series 3-1
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 10:30 PM ET, T-Mobile Center
TV Coverage: FSNO, ATRM

Wild vs. Golden Knights Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds

Odds courtesy of Fanduel Sportsbook
: Wild +152 | Golden Knights -180
Spread: Wild +1.5 (-184) | Golden Knights -1.5 (+152) 
Total: 5.5 – Over: (+114) | Under: (-140)
Odds to Win Series: Wild +960 | Golden Knights -1600
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Wild +7000 | Golden Knights +550

Wild vs. Golden Knights News and Notes

After winning two straight in a place they had never done so in regulation in franchise history, Vegas looks to ride the momentum back to Sin City and wrap up their first-round series with Minnesota on Monday.

Since dropping the series opener, the Knights have won three in a row and continue to stifle Minnesota's offense. Marc-Andre Fleury turned in a spectacular 35-save performance to pick up his 16th career postseason shutout and sixth in his short four seasons with Vegas. 

Fleury and the Knights have held the Wild to just four goals in the series on 116 shots. Don't forget this also includes a Marc-Andre 60-minute shutout before Joel Eriksson Ek won Game 1 for Minny in OT. Vegas captain Mark Stone continued to step up his play with Knights' leading goal scorer Max Pacioretty on the sidelines. Stone broke Minnesota's backs with a shorthanded goal late in the second to make it 3-0. His third goal in two games has helped fill the void of Pacioretty's 24 goals in the lineup.

Pacioretty's status is about as clear as a Minnesota snowstorm in the dead of winter. After missing ten-straight games with the ultra-annoying "undisclosed injury," it's hard to imagine he's rushed back or plays in the potential series clincher. 

Alex Tuch also helped pick up the offensive slack in Game 4. The man with a nose for the net in crunch time games scored his third of the postseason and is the Knights all-time leading goal scorer with 18 playoff markers.

The Wild can't be all that confident going into Vegas after being dominated on the scoresheet while bullying the Knights on the shot sheet on Saturday. They held the Knights to just 17 shots on Cam Talbot, and despite firing 35 pucks on net, the powerplay continues to be an issue. The Wild have gone 0-for-8  in the series with the man-advantage and now leave a place they dominated Vegas in the regular season to one of the toughest buildings in the league to play in. Only three teams collected more home points this season than Vegas did at the T-Mobile Arena.

Minnesota is 1-4 in their past five against the Golden Knights, while the under is 4-0 in Vegas. Minnesota has also gone low in five of six overall playoff games while the Knights are 5-1-1 to the under. The Golden Knights are 10-1 in their past 11 when the opponent scores two or fewer in their previous game.

The Bets: Golden Knights cover -1.5 (+152), Under 5.5 (-140), William Karlsson Over 0.5 Points (-132)

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