Bruins vs Wild Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/1/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-140) Wild (+127)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (29-10-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) go to Xcel Energy Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (23-21-6, 7th in the Central Division). The Wild open this game at +127 while the Bruins are coming in at -140. The total has been set at 6. The Bruins cover 56.9% of the time, having gone 29-22 SU. The Wild cover 44.9% of the time, going 22-27 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 29 wins and 10 losses, which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 169 goals which ranks them 5th in the conference and 6th in the league. Their goal differential is +41, which puts them at 1st in the league. The Bruins have earned a total of 70 pts, which ranks them 2nd in the league and 2nd in the East. In connection with shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,610 which ranks them 8th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the league. As a team, Boston has earned a total of 1,162 hits which means they are averaging 22.8 per game. They have earned a total of 539 blocks for the year. In net for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has totaled 1,638 minutes in net for the season. Rask is giving up 2.27 goals per contest which ranks him 3rd in the East and 5th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he has given up 62 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .925 which ranks him 6th in the East.
The Boston Bruins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in their last contest. The Bruins played like an average offensive team in the win. While out there on the ice, they scored on 3 of the 37 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Boston had 4 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Bruins was 44 and the Corsi against was 36 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 55.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 40 while the Fenwick against sat at 31, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 56.3%. They won 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 20 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 36.4% and they had a PDO of 105.1 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Vegas Golden Knights earned a total of 29 shots. They finished with 10 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Wild will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 23 wins and 21 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 10th in the conference and 22nd in the league with -9. They have a total of 155 goals for the season which has them at 7th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a team save percentage of .894 which has them sitting 26th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are shooting 10.5% putting them at 3rd in the Western Conference. In net for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a tough campaign by allowing 3.28 goals against average and that places him 32nd among Western Conference goalies and 61st in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,297 mins he's played this year, he has allowed 71 goals. His save % is .893, which ranks him 31st among Western Conference goalies and 60th in the NHL among goalies.
The Minnesota Wild faced the Detroit Red Wings in a game where the Wild earned a victory by a final of 4 - 2. In this game, Minnesota wound up with a 58.7% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 61 and the other team having a Corsi of 43. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 62.5% by notching a Fenwick of 50 and the Red Wings having earned a 30 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Minnesota had and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO of 107.8 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 66.7%. The Wild notched 4 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play chance in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Red Wings had 2 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Minnesota gave way to 27 shots on goal and the Red Wings racked up a total of 0 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (+127)
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