Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/12/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+129) Wild (-143)
Alex Stalock and the Minnesota Wild (14-12-5, 6th in the Central Division) play the Edmonton Oilers (18-11-4, 1st in the Pacific Division) at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The Oilers open this matchup at +129 while the Wild are priced at -143. The O/U opens at 6. The Oilers are covering 51.6% of the time, having gone 16-15 SU. Minnesota covers 43.3% of the time, going 13-17 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers step onto the ice with a record of 18 victories and 11 defeats, which is good for 1st in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 98 goals which ranks 3rd in the Western Conference and 12th in the league. Their goal differential is 0, which is good for 20th in the league. The Oilers have earned a total of 40 points, which ranks 7th in the league and 4th in the West. Regarding shots on goal, they have earned a total of 948 which ranks 12th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the league. As a team, Edmonton has obtained a total of 548 hits which means they have an average of 16.6 per contest. They have earned a total of 371 blocks for this season. The man protecting the net for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has played 916 mins in net for the season. Smith is surrendering an average of 2.88 goals against average which has him ranking 15th among Western Conference goalies and 30th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he's given up 44 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .903 which has him ranking 19th among Western Conference goalies.
The Edmonton Oilers were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 6 - 3 defeat against the Carolina Hurricanes the last time they stepped on the ice. The Oilers offense didn't overly impress in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they converted 3 out of the 36 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 5 power play chances and scored 1 goal out of those attempts. Edmonton ended up with 18 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Oilers sat at 38 and the Corsi against at even strength was 38 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 28, telling us they have a rate of 54.8%. They took 21 face-off wins and lost 26 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 63.0% and they had a PDO of 92.5 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes put up 32 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 10 penalty minutes and they tallied 4 power play attempts.
The Wild will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 14 wins and 12 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they rank 10th in the West and 22nd in the league with -9. They currently have a total of 91 goals for the season which has them sitting at 7th in the conference. Minnesota has a save percentage as a team of .899 which has them ranked 23rd in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 10.2% which is good for 3rd in the West. In net for Minnesota is Alex Stalock who is having a bad season by allowing 2.91 GAA and that ranks him 16th among West goalies and 31st in the NHL. In the 928 minutes he's played this season, he's given up 45 goals. He holds a save % of .906, which has him sitting 17th among West goalies and 31st in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild faced off against the Anaheim Ducks in a game where the Wild went home in defeat by a mark of 3 - 2. In their game, Minnesota wound up with a 42.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 27 while their opponent had a Corsi of 37. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 44.0% with a Fenwick of 22 and the Ducks finishing with a 28 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO at even strength of 109.8 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 31.6%. The Wild converted 2 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play opportunities in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. Regarding their opponent, the Ducks had 3 power play chances and went on to score 1 goal. Minnesota allowed 33 shots on goal and the Ducks racked up a total of 15 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Edmonton (+129)
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