Anaheim Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+131) Wild (-145)
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (12-14-4, 7th in the Pacific Division) head to Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (14-12-4, 5th in the Central Division). The Ducks open this game at +131 while the Wild are priced at -145. The total has been set at 5.5. The Ducks are covering 40.0% of the time, having gone 12-18 SU. Minnesota is covering 44.8% of the time, going 13-16 straight up.
The Anaheim Ducks come into this matchup holding a record of 12 wins and 14 losses, putting them at 7th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 79 goals which is 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -10, putting them at 24th in the NHL. The Ducks have a total of 28 pts, which is 26th in the NHL and 14th in the West. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they have a total of 868 which is 14th in the Western Conference and 28th in the NHL. As a team, Anaheim has earned a total of 453 hits which means they have an average of 15.1 per game. They have a total of 305 blocks for this season. The man in goal for Anaheim is John Gibson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is 26 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,295 mins defending the goal for the season. Gibson is allowing 2.87 goals per game which has him sitting 14th among West goaltenders and 27th in the NHL among goalies. So far this season, he has allowed 62 goals. He holds a save percentage of .909 which has him sitting 15th among West goaltenders.
The Anaheim Ducks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3 - 2 loss against the Winnipeg Jets in their last contest. The Ducks had a below average offensive outing in the loss. In this game, they scored on 2 of the 33 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Anaheim ended up with a total of 13 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Ducks was 40 and the Corsi against was 44 giving them a Corsi percentage of 47.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 while the Fenwick against sat at 28, which earned them a rate of 51.7%. They took 21 face-off wins and lost 21 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 51.7% and they had a PDO of 97.8 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Winnipeg Jets earned a total of 33 shots. They had a total of 9 minutes in the box and they had 4 power play attempts.
The Wild will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 14 victories and 12 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they currently sit 11th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the NHL with -9. They currently have a total of 89 goals for the year which has them ranked at 7th in the conference. Minnesota has a team save percentage of .898 which currently has them ranked 23rd in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.3% ranking them 4th in the Western Conference. In goal for Minnesota is Alex Stalock who is having a bad year by allowing 2.91 goals per game and that places him 17th among West goalies and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 928 mins he has played this season, he's allowed 45 goals. He has a save % of .906, which places him at 17th among West goalies and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes in a matchup where the Wild were on the wrong end of the score by a final of 6 - 2. In this matchup, Minnesota had a 37.1% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 26 and their opponent having a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick percentage was 34.5% with a Fenwick of 19 and the Hurricanes having a 36 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 103.7 and their percentage of oZS was 51.6%. The Wild notched 2 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game but didn't score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Hurricanes had 3 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Minnesota allowed 40 shots on goal and the Hurricanes had 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim (+131)
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