Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks NHL Picks & Predictions 11/5/2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild (4-9-1, 7th in the Central Division) travel to Honda Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Anaheim Ducks (9-6-1, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The Ducks open this game at -135 while the Wild are priced at +122. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Wild cover 28.6% of the time, having gone 4-10 SU. The Ducks cover 56.3% of the time, going 9-7 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this matchup holding a record of 4 victories and 9 losses, putting them at 7th in the Central Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 33 goals which has them at 14th in the West and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is -16, putting them at 28th in the league. The Wild have earned a total of 9 pts, which has them at 29th in the league and 14th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 406 which has them at 14th in the conference and 25th in the league. As a team, Minnesota has collected a total of 202 hits which means they have an average of 14.4 per game. They have earned a total of 142 blocks for the year. The man looking after the goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is 33 years old and has racked up 473 minutes in net for the year. Dubnyk is conceding an average of 3.68 goals per contest which has him ranked 18th among Western Conference goaltenders and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's allowed 29 goals. He's earned a save % of .883 which has him ranked 19th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 defeat to the St. Louis Blues in their last game. The Wild played like an average offensive team in this defeat. In this matchup, they scored on 3 of the 23 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those attempts. Minnesota racked up 6 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 31 and the Corsi against was 40 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 43.7%. Their Fenwick was 23 while the Fenwick against sat at 27, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 46.0%. They won 27 face-off wins and lost 22 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 59.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 92.9 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the St. Louis Blues tallied 29 shots. They finished with 4 minutes in the box and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Ducks will be the team across the ice and for the year they sit with 9 wins and 6 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they rank 6th in the Western Conference and 13th in the league with +4. They have compiled a total of 43 goals for the season which has them ranked at 7th in the Western Conference. Anaheim has a save % as a team of .926 which currently has them ranked 4th in the league, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.5% which puts them at 6th in the conference. In net for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having an ok year by surrendering 2.51 goals against average and that has him 9th among West goaltenders and 16th in the NHL among goalies. In the 695 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 29 goals. He has a save % of .926, which has him ranked 5th among West goaltenders and 10th in the NHL among goalies.
The Anaheim Ducks faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks in a game where the Ducks went home in defeat by a score of 3 - 2. For this game, Anaheim went home with a 47.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 36 and their opponent having a Corsi of 40. They had a Fenwick percentage of 55.0% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Blackhawks finishing with a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Anaheim played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO at even strength was 94.8 and they had an oZS percentage of 47.7%. The Ducks scored 2 goals of the 38 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing and scored 1 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Blackhawks had 5 power play chances and came through by scoring 1 goal. Anaheim gave up 37 shots on goal and the Blackhawks had a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (+122)
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