Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild NHL Picks 10/12/2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Xcel Energy Center
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Xcel Energy Center is the site where Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild (0-3-0, 7th in the Central Division) will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-2-0, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) on Saturday. The line on this contest has the Penguins coming in at -166 and the Wild are at +150. The O/U is set at 6. The Penguins cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 2-2 SU. The Wild cover 0% of the time, going 0-3 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in their previous contest. The Penguins offense left a lot to be desired in this win. In this matchup, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 28 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 6 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal out of those attempts. Pittsburgh had a total of 21 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Penguins was 35 and the Corsi against was 32 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 52.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 27 and the Fenwick against sat at 23, which tells us they had a rate of 54.0%. They won 20 face-off wins and lost 18 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 54.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 101.5 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Anaheim Ducks earned a total of 32 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 17 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play chances.
Useful Team Statistics
The Penguins have 4 total points this season, which ranks them 16th in the NHL. They are 15th in the league in goals scored with 11 while they've given up 10 goals, ranking them 21st overall. They have had 17 power play opportunities and have scored 3 goals on those chances for a percentage of 18%. That is 22nd in the NHL. The Penguins have allowed 6 power play opportunities and have given up 1 goal on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 83%, putting them 12th in the league when short-handed. They average 34 shots per game and as a team shoot 8.15% for the season. They allow 31 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 92%. That puts them 8th in the league in stopping the puck.
The Minnesota Wild faced the Winnipeg Jets in a game where the Wild ended up taking the loss by a mark of 5 - 2. In this outing, Minnesota earned a 59.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 50 and the other team having a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 54.8% by way of having a Fenwick of 34 and the Jets having a 28 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Minnesota played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 84.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 60.6%. The Wild netted 2 goals out of the 40 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this one but didn't score a goal. As for the opposition, the Jets had 2 power play opportunities but were not able to score a goal. Minnesota conceded 32 shots on goal and the Jets earned 6 penalty minutes.
Useful Team Statistics
The Wild are 30th in the NHL with a total of 0 points this year. They have 2 power play goals on 9 opportunities for a percentage of 22%. That ranks them 16th in the league as a power play unit. They've allowed 10 power play opportunities and have given up 1 goal on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 90%. That is 7th in the NHL. As a team, the Wild are 30th in the league with 6 goals scored while they've given up 14 goals, which is 12th overall. They average 32 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 6.32%. As a team they give up 32 shots per game and have a save percentage of 85%. That is 28th in the NHL.
Pittsburgh is 3rd in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 55.5%, as they've attempted 167 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 134 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is 56.3% as they have 126 attempts while they have given up 98 shots on the defensive end. That ranks them 3rd in the league. The Penguins start possessions in the offensive zone 48.6% of the time, which is 19th in the league, while their defensive zone percentage is at 51.4% for the season. That is 13th overall in the NHL. They have 84 face-off wins compared to 76 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 52.5%. That ranks them 7th in the league. On defense Pittsburgh has 135 hits and they have blocked 36 shots from the opposition, putting them 18th overall.
The Wild are 4th in the league in starting possessions in the offensive zone, doing so 56.5% of the time. Their defensive zone percentage is at 43.5% for the season, which is 28th in the NHL. They have 60 face-off wins compared to 63 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 48.8%. That is 20th in the league. On defense Minnesota has 57 hits and they have blocked 28 shots from the opposition, which is 28th in the league. Minnesota is 16th in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 49.4% as they've attempted 117 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 120 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage of 47.7% ranks 24th as they have 84 attempts while they have given up 92 shots on the defensive end.
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