Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 12/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+144) Hurricanes (-160)
Alex Stalock and the Minnesota Wild (14-11-4, 5th in the Central Division) head to PNC Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Carolina Hurricanes (17-11-1, 4th in the Metropolitan Division). The Hurricanes open this contest at -160 while the Wild are coming in at +144. The O/U is set at 6. The Wild cover 46.4% of the time, having gone 13-15 SU. Carolina is covering 55.6% of the time, going 15-12 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 14 victories and 11 losses, which puts them at 5th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 87 goals which is good for 7th in the conference and 18th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -5, which puts them at 21st in the NHL. The Wild have compiled a total of 32 pts, which is good for 14th in the NHL and 8th in the West. In terms of shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 840 which is good for 14th in the West and 26th in the NHL. As a group, Minnesota has compiled a total of 377 hits which means they have an average of 13 per game. They have compiled a total of 308 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Minnesota is Alex Stalock from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is 32 years old and has totaled 870 mins protecting the goal for the campaign. Khudobin is surrendering an average of 2.76 goals per game which has him ranking 14th in the West and 23rd in the NHL among goalies. During this year, he has given up 40 goals. He has a save percentage of .910 which has him ranking 16th in the West.
The Minnesota Wild had a good night with a 5 - 4 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their last game. The Wild had a solid offensive output in this win. In their game, they scored on 5 of the 21 shots they looked to score on. They also had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Minnesota ended up with a total of 10 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Wild was 30 and the Corsi against was 49 giving them a Corsi percentage of 38.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 20 and the Fenwick against was 33, which gave them a rate of 37.7%. They won 11 face-off wins and lost 13 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 56.6% and they had a PDO of 122.7 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning earned 34 shots. They finished with a total of 6 minutes in the box and they notched 4 power play attempts.
The Hurricanes will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 17 wins and 11 losses. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference and 9th in the NHL with +9. They have earned a total of 89 goals for this season which is 9th in the East. Carolina has a save percentage as a team of .904 which has them ranked 20th in the NHL, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 9.3% putting them at 10th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having an ok year by allowing 2.63 goals per contest and that has him 9th in the East and 18th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,117 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 49 goals. He has a save % of .903, which places him at 18th in the East and 38th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes faced off against the San Jose Sharks in a game where the Hurricanes earned a victory by a final of 3 - 2. In this matchup, Carolina earned a 42.1% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 32 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick rate came in at 40.4% by notching a Fenwick of 23 and the Sharks ending the game with a 34 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Carolina had and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 103.4 and they earned an oZS percentage of 28.3%. The Hurricanes netted 3 goals of the 29 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to score a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Sharks had 2 power play attempts but were not able to notch a goal. Carolina allowed 30 shots on goal and the Sharks ended up with a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Carolina (-160)
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