Minnesota Wild vs Nashville Predators NHL Point Spread Picks 10/24/2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild (3-6-0, 6th in the Central Division) go to Bridgestone Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Nashville Predators (5-3-1, 2nd in the Central Division). The odds on this game have the Wild priced at +158 and the Predators are at -175. The O/U opens at 6. The Wild cover 33.3% of the time, having gone 3-6 SU. Nashville covers 55.6% of the time, going 5-4 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild step onto the ice with a record of 3 victories and 6 losses, which is good for 6th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 21 goals which has them sitting at 14th in the conference and 26th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -11, which is good for 30th in the NHL. The Wild currently have a total of 6 points, which has them sitting at 28th in the NHL and 14th in the West. With reference to shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 272 which has them sitting at 9th in the Western Conference and 18th in the NHL. As a unit, Minnesota has a total of 148 hits which has them averaging 16.4 per contest. They currently have a total of 89 blocks for the season. The goalie for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is 33 years old and has been on the ice a total of 352 mins minding the net this season. Dubnyk is allowing 3.92 goals per game which places him at 19th among West goaltenders and 43rd among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 23 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .880 which places him at 19th among West goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild had a good night with a 3 - 0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers in their previous contest. The Wild had an average offensive performance in the victory. While out there on the ice, they scored on 3 of the 30 shots they attempted. They also had 3 power play attempts and netted 1 goal out of those attempts. Minnesota had a total of 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Wild was 48 and the Corsi against at even strength was 28 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 63.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 while the Fenwick against sat at 21, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 60.4%. They took 16 face-off wins at even strength and lost 20 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 44.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 108.7 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Edmonton Oilers earned 25 shots. They had 8 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Predators will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they have 5 victories and 3 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are currently sitting 4th in the conference and 8th in the NHL with +7. They have earned a total of 38 goals for the season which is good for 1st in the Western Conference. Nashville has a save percentage as a team of .887 which currently has them sitting 28th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They are shooting 13.1% ranking them 2nd in the Western Conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a marginal season by surrendering 2.31 goals per contest and that ranks him 8th among Western Conference goalies and 12th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 364 minutes he has played this season, he has given up 14 goals. His save % is .921, which has him placed 9th among Western Conference goalies and 16th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Nashville Predators faced the Anaheim Ducks in a game where the Predators got the win by a score of 6 - 1. In their game, Nashville went home with a 41.3% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 26 and the other team having a Corsi of 37. Their Fenwick rate was 44.2% by notching a Fenwick of 19 and the Ducks finishing with a 24 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Nashville played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 118.0 and they had an oZS percentage of 37.9%. The Predators scored 6 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 6 power play chances in this one and were able to net 1 out of those opportunities. In discussing the opposition, the Ducks had 3 power play chances but were not able to use the chance to their advantage. Nashville gave up 27 shots on goal and the Ducks had a total of 22 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (+158)
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