Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 12/17/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+166) Golden Knights (-185)
T-Mobile Arena is the site where Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (18-13-5, 2nd in the Pacific Division) will take on the Minnesota Wild (16-13-5, 5th in the Central Division) on Tuesday. The Wild open this matchup at +166 while the Golden Knights are coming in at -185. The total is set at 6. The Wild cover 45.5% of the time, having gone 15-18 SU. Vegas is covering 45.5% of the time, going 15-18 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild come into this matchup with a record of 16 victories and 13 defeats, ranking them 5th in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 104 goals which has them ranked at 4th in the conference and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -7, ranking them 22nd in the NHL. The Wild have compiled a total of 37 pts, which has them ranked at 16th in the NHL and 9th in the conference. In discussing shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 968 which has them ranked at 15th in the West and 29th in the NHL. As a group, Minnesota has earned a total of 541 hits which means they are averaging 15.9 per game. They have compiled a total of 399 blocks for the season. Protecting the net for Minnesota is Alex Stalock from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 988 minutes minding the goal for the year. Khudobin is surrendering an average of 2.79 goals per game which has him placed 15th among West goaltenders and 29th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has given up 46 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .908 which has him placed 19th among West goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 5 - 3 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks in their last contest. The Wild played like an average offensive team in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they finished 3 of the 26 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 1 power play attempt and were able to score 1 goal on that opportunity. Minnesota ended up with 6 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Wild was 56 and the Corsi against was 45 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 55.4%. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against was 27, telling us they have a rate of 59.1%. They won 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 32 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 59.2% and they had a PDO of 91.3 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks earned 27 shots. They had 4 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Golden Knights will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 18 victories and 13 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are currently sitting 6th in the conference and 15th in the NHL with +3. They have earned a total of 106 goals for this year which puts them at 3rd in the Western Conference. Vegas has a save percentage as a team of .909 which has them sitting 12th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 8.7% which is good for 10th in the conference. In net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having an ok year by giving up 2.56 goals against average and that places him 8th in the West and 20th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,337 minutes he has played, he's allowed 57 goals. His save percentage is .918, which ranks him 10th in the West and 21st in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Vegas Golden Knights opposed the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Golden Knights took home the win by a final of 6 - 3. In this game, Vegas had a 58.9% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 63 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 57.1% by earning a Fenwick of 48 and the Canucks earning a 36 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Vegas had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 102.5 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 48.6%. The Golden Knights notched 6 goals out of the 46 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and netted 2 out of those tries. On the other side of the ice, the Canucks had 2 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Vegas gave way to 29 shots on goal and the Canucks had 12 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-185)
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