Saturday’s Game Picks: The Wild Are For Real

Flip Livingstone

2021-12-11

Apologies for leaving everyone hanging on the picks front last week. I needed some time on the LTIR to recover both physically and mentally, but I am back in business for our favorite day of the week.

I won't lie or try to hide it: I've been pretty cold of late, coming off back-to-back losing Saturdays to drag my season record back to the .500 mark. That's the thing about putting your opinion – and money – online each week, you have to keep plugging away. Like the great, wise Nipsey Hussle once said, "The marathon continues."

It continues today with a juicy 12-game board, which is sure to feature tons of playoff-like hockey for us to sprinkle some wagers on. With only six points or less separating the top three teams in each division, the race for the Stanley Cup is legitimately wide open, making for some great matchups and intense rivalries. Good luck and enjoy the day.

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2021-22 Saturday Record Breakdown (Complete Record Tracked/Posted @Flips_Picks)

Gold: 4-3
Silver: 1-6
Bronze: 4-3
Side bets: 12-9

Total Saturday Record: 21-21

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Gold Pick
Minnesota Wild @ L.A. Kings – Pick: Wild

If it hasn't been clearly stated already, the Minnesota Wild are very much for real. Maybe it's because the team doesn't get a ton of media attention up here in Canada, or it could be due to the fact that aside from Kirill Kaprizov, the club doesn't exactly tout a legitimate superstar at any position, but this team deserves some serious credit as one of the best in the business.

The Wild have been nothing short of sensational of late, and despite the earlier mention of a lack of top-tier talent, Minnesota has been scoring with the best of them all season long. Head coach Dean Evason, a Jack Adams Award finalist last year, has the Wild clicking on the offensive end to the tune of 98 goals in 26 games, good for a tie for second in the NHL in overall scoring. The Wild's balanced scoring attack and nightly commitment to playing a 200-foot game make them a very difficult team to match up against.

We've previously discussed the mediocrity that is the current L.A. Kings (11-10-4) in this article before, and while the Kings are still very much in the mix for a postseason berth, I think we can all agree these two franchises are heading in opposite directions and are now of two completely different calibers.

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