Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild NHL Tips 10/20/2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Xcel Energy Center
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (3-2-2, 5th in the Atlantic Division) are headed to Xcel Energy Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Minnesota Wild (1-6-0, 7th in the Central Division). The Wild open this matchup at +107 while the Canadiens are priced at -118. The O/U is set at 6. The Canadiens are covering 33.3% of the time, having gone 2-4 SU. The Wild are covering 14.3% of the time, going 1-6 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens come into this matchup holding a record of 3 victories and 2 defeats, which puts them at 5th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 25 goals which has them sitting at 7th in the conference and 12th in the league. Their goal differential is +2, which puts them at 14th in the league. The Canadiens have earned a total of 8 pts, which has them sitting at 14th in the league and 8th in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 245 which has them sitting at 6th in the East and 11th in the league. As a team, Montreal currently has a total of 134 hits which has them averaging 19.1 per game. They have earned a total of 77 blocks for the season. The man looking after the net for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has been on the ice a total of 366 minutes in goal this season. Price is surrendering an average of 2.79 GAA which has him ranking 13th among East goaltenders and 24th in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 17 goals. His save % is .906 which has him ranking 13th among East goaltenders.
The Montreal Canadiens had a good night with a 4 - 0 victory over the Minnesota Wild their last time out. The Canadiens had a good offensive performance in this victory. For this game, they finished 4 out of the 33 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 5 power play chances and netted 1 goal out of those tries. Montreal earned a total of 17 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 39 and the Corsi against was 33 giving them a Corsi percentage of 54.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 and the Fenwick against was 18, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 63.3%. They took 19 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 26 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 66.2% and they had a PDO of 113.6 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Minnesota Wild tallied a total of 17 shots. They finished with 17 minutes in the box and they had 5 power play opportunities.
The Wild are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 1 win and 6 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are currently sitting 15th in the West and 31st in the league with -15. They have earned a total of 14 goals for the season which has them ranked at 15th in the conference. Minnesota has a save % as a team of .871 which currently has them ranked 29th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 6.7% which puts them at 15th in the Western Conference. In goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a bad year by surrendering 4.44 GAA and that has him 20th in the Western Conference and 46th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 270 mins he has played, he has given up 20 goals. He has a save percentage of .867, which has him ranking 19th in the Western Conference and 44th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild faced the Montreal Canadiens in a matchup where the Wild were on the wrong end of the score by a tally of 4 - 0. While out there on the ice, Minnesota wound up with a 45.8% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 33 and their opponent having a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick rate was 36.7% with a Fenwick of 18 and the Canadiens ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Minnesota had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO was 86.4 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 33.8%. The Wild notched 0 goals of the 17 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play chances in this game but didn't score a goal. As for their opponent, the Canadiens had 5 power play attempts and went on to score 1 goal on that opportunity. Minnesota gave way to 33 shots on goal and the Canadiens ended up with 17 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (-118)
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