Minnesota Wild vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/19/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+129) Coyotes (-143)
Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild (16-14-5, 5th in the Central Division) go to Gila River Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Arizona Coyotes (20-12-4, 1st in the Pacific Division). The Wild open this game at +129 while the Coyotes are priced at -143. The total opens at 5.5. The Wild are covering 45.5% of the time, having gone 15-18 SU. The Coyotes are covering 46.7% of the time, going 14-16 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 16 wins and 14 defeats, putting them at 5th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 106 goals which has them sitting at 7th in the West and 16th in the league. Their goal differential is -8, putting them at 22nd in the league. The Wild currently have a total of 37 pts, which has them sitting at 21st in the league and 10th in the West. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 994 which has them sitting at 15th in the Western Conference and 29th in the league. As a group, Minnesota currently has a total of 557 hits which has them averaging 15.9 per game. They currently have a total of 412 blocks for this year. Protecting the goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is 33 years old and has played 751 mins minding the net this year. Dubnyk is conceding 3.35 goals per contest which places him at 32nd among Western Conference goalies and 60th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 42 goals. He holds a save % of .893 which places him at 28th among Western Conference goalies.
The Minnesota Wild were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 2 defeat against the Vegas Golden Knights the last time they stepped on the ice. The Wild left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this loss. For this outing, they scored on 2 out of the 26 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal out of those attempts. Minnesota ended up with a total of 2 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 45 and the Corsi against was 51 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 46.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 and the Fenwick against sat at 38, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 44.1%. They won 17 face-off wins and lost 25 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 44.4% and they had a PDO of 93.5 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vegas Golden Knights racked up 29 shots. They had 10 penalty mins and they had 1 power play attempt.
The Coyotes will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 20 wins and 12 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the conference and 8th in the league with +11. They currently have a total of 95 goals for this season which puts them at 10th in the Western Conference. Arizona has a team save percentage of .927 which is good for 2nd in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 8.6% which is good for 11th in the West. In net for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper who is having a solid year by surrendering only 1.97 goals per game and that has him 1st among Western Conference goalies and 3rd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,461 minutes he's been on the ice, he has given up 48 goals. He has a save percentage of .935, which has him ranking 1st among Western Conference goalies and 3rd in the NHL among goalies.
The Arizona Coyotes opposed the San Jose Sharks in an outing where the Coyotes got the victory by a mark of 3 - 2. For this game, Arizona wound up with a 42.9% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 33 and their opponent having a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick rate was 40.0% by earning a Fenwick of 22 and the Sharks finishing with a 33 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Arizona had and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO at even strength of 115.1 and they earned an oZS percentage of 29.2%. The Coyotes converted 3 goals out of the 19 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Sharks had 4 power play chances but weren't able to take advantage of it. Arizona conceded 28 shots on goal and the Sharks ended up with 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (+129)
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