Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild - 1/4/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Winnipeg Jets vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Jets (+122) Wild (-135)
Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild (19-17-5, 5th in the Central Division) play the Winnipeg Jets (22-16-3, 4th in the Central Division) at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, January 4, 2020. The Jets open this matchup at +122 while the Wild are coming in at -135. The over/under has been set at 6. The Jets are covering 51.3% of the time, having gone 20-19 SU. The Wild are covering 45.0% of the time, going 18-22 straight up.
The Winnipeg Jets head into this game holding a record of 22 victories and 16 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 126 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the West and 16th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, putting them at 17th in the NHL. The Jets currently have a total of 47 pts, which has them ranked at 16th in the NHL and 7th in the West. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,294 which has them ranked at 9th in the West and 18th in the NHL. As a group, Winnipeg currently has a total of 871 hits which means they have an average of 21.2 per game. They currently have a total of 441 blocks for the year. The man in goal for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck from Commerce, Michigan. He is 26 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,867 minutes in goal this season. Hellebuyck is giving up 2.70 goals per contest which ranks him 7th in the Western Conference and 19th in the NHL among goalies. So far this year, he's given up 84 goals. His save percentage is .919 which ranks him 7th in the Western Conference.
The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 6 - 3 defeat against the Toronto Maple Leafs the last time they stepped on the ice. The Jets offense didn't overly impress in the defeat. For this game, they earned a goal on 3 of the 48 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those attempts. Winnipeg ended up with 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Jets sat at 64 and the Corsi against was 49 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 56.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 52 and the Fenwick against sat at 37, meaning they had a rate of 58.4%. They earned 28 face-off wins and were beaten on 24 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 66.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 83.1 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a total of 28 shots. They finished with 4 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 4 power play attempts.
The Wild will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they have 19 wins and 17 losses. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 9th in the West and 22nd in the NHL with -11. They have a total of 125 goals for the season which ranks 7th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a team save percentage of .895 which has them 26th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 10.6% which puts them at 2nd in the West. In net for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a bad campaign by giving up 3.23 goals against average and that has him 29th among West goaltenders and 56th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,059 minutes he's been on the ice, he's allowed 57 goals. His save % is .898, which ranks him 25th among West goaltenders and 50th in the NHL among goalies.
The Minnesota Wild played the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where the Wild ended up losing by a final score of 4 - 1. In this game, Minnesota had a 47.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 44 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 48. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 42.6% by earning a Fenwick of 29 and the Maple Leafs finishing with a 39 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Minnesota played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO of 88.5 and their percentage of oZS was 59.3%. The Wild converted 1 goal out of the 27 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and were able to convert 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding the opposition, the Maple Leafs had 3 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Minnesota gave way to 29 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs ended up with 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-135)
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