Canucks vs Wild Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/6/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+105) Wild (-116)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild (24-22-6, 7th in the Central Division) will take on the Vancouver Canucks (30-19-5, 1st in the Pacific Division) on Thursday. The line on this contest has the Canucks priced at +105 and the Wild are at -116. The over/under opens at 6. The Canucks cover 52.9% of the time, having gone 27-24 SU. The Wild cover 45.1% of the time, going 23-28 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks come into the game with a record of 30 victories and 19 defeats, ranking them 1st in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 174 goals which ranks 2nd in the West and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +13, ranking them 11th in the league. The Canucks have earned a total of 65 points, which ranks 10th in the league and 3rd in the Western Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 1,683 which ranks 7th in the Western Conference and 14th in the league. As a group, Vancouver currently has a total of 983 hits which means they are averaging 18.2 per contest. They have earned a total of 694 blocks for the season. The goalie for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has totaled 2,193 minutes protecting the goal for the season. Markstrom is giving up an average of 2.74 goals per contest which has him placed 10th in the Western Conference and 24th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he has allowed 100 goals. He holds a save % of .917 which has him placed 10th in the Western Conference.
The Vancouver Canucks will need a bounce back game after taking a 4 - 0 defeat to the Boston Bruins in their last contest. The Canucks could have played much better offensively in the loss. For this outing, they finished 0 out of the 25 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Vancouver ended up with a total of 22 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Canucks sat at 37 and the Corsi against was 46 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 44.6%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against was 37, telling us they have a rate of 44.8%. They took 24 face-off wins at even strength and lost 23 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 44.4% and they had a PDO of 89.7 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Boston Bruins racked up a total of 42 shots. They finished with 6 penalty minutes and they notched 6 power play attempts.
The Wild will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 24 wins and 22 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 11th in the West and 23rd in the NHL with -13. They have a total of 159 goals for the season which puts them at 7th in the West. Minnesota has a save % as a team of .893 which currently has them sitting 26th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% which is good for 4th in the Western Conference. In goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a rough year by surrendering 3.40 goals against average and that has him ranked 32nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 62nd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,357 mins he's played this year, he's surrendered 77 goals. He holds a save percentage of .890, which has him sitting 31st among Western Conference goaltenders and 60th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild played the Chicago Blackhawks in an outing where the Wild earned a win by a final score of 3 - 2. In this matchup, Minnesota earned a 54.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 56 and their opponent having a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick percentage was 57.8% by earning a Fenwick of 48 and the Blackhawks ending the game with a 35 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Minnesota played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO of 98.5 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 44.8%. The Wild notched 3 goals of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play attempts in this game and were able to net 1 out of those tries. On the other side of the ice, the Blackhawks had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to score a goal. Minnesota conceded 29 shots on goal and the Blackhawks had 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-116)
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