Minnesota Wild vs New Jersey Devils NHL Picks 11/26/2019
Game: Minnesota Wild vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+100) Devils (-110)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (8-10-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Minnesota Wild (9-11-3, 7th in the Central Division) at Prudential Center on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The moneyline on this game has the Wild priced at +100 and the Devils are at -110. The total opens at 6. The Wild are covering 39.1% of the time, having gone 9-14 SU. The Devils are covering 33.3% of the time, going 7-14 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 9 wins and 11 losses, which puts them at 7th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 64 goals which has them at 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the league. Their goal differential is -13, which puts them at 25th in the league. The Wild currently have a total of 21 pts, which has them at 28th in the league and 14th in the conference. In discussing shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 672 which has them at 15th in the conference and 27th in the league. As a group, Minnesota has collected a total of 313 hits which means they are averaging 13.6 per contest. They currently have a total of 239 blocks for this year. Looking after the net for Minnesota is Alex Stalock from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is 32 years old and has racked up 624 minutes minding the net for the year. Khudobin is conceding an average of 2.79 goals against average which has him sitting 12th among West goaltenders and 23rd in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he has allowed 29 goals. He's earned a save % of .908 which has him sitting 16th among West goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5 - 4 loss against the Boston Bruins in their previous contest. The Wild had a good offensive output in the loss. In this outing, they scored on 4 out of the 36 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 7 power play opportunities and were able to score 2 goals out of those opportunities. Minnesota had 8 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 28 and the Corsi against at even strength was 48 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 36.8%. Their Fenwick was 24 while the Fenwick against sat at 33, which gave them a rate of 42.1%. They took 22 face-off wins and lost 29 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 34.0% and they had a PDO of 95.1 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Boston Bruins put up 39 shots. They finished with a total of 16 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play chances.
The Devils will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they sit with 8 wins and 10 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they are sitting 15th in the East and 30th in the league with -20. They have compiled a total of 56 goals for this year which has them at 16th in the East. New Jersey has a save percentage as a team of .885 which has them sitting 27th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are shooting 8.6% putting them at 14th in the East. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a rough year by surrendering 3.07 goals per contest and that places him 17th in the East and 34th among goalies in the NHL. In the 918 minutes he's played, he has surrendered 47 goals. He holds a save % of .898, which has him ranked 19th in the East and 35th among goalies in the NHL.
The New Jersey Devils went up against the Detroit Red Wings in a matchup where the Devils notched a victory by a score of 5 - 1. For this outing, New Jersey wound up with a 55.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 29 while the opposition had a Corsi of 23. They had a Fenwick percentage of 56.4% by earning a Fenwick of 22 and the Red Wings finishing with a 17 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New Jersey played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO of 127.4 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 52.6%. The Devils converted 5 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Red Wings had 4 power play opportunities but didn't put the puck in goal. New Jersey conceded 20 shots on goal and the Red Wings racked up 15 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (+100)
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