Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks Predictions, NHL Picks 3/8/2020
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-125) Ducks (+113)
Honda Center is the venue where John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (28-32-8, 6th in the Pacific Division) will play the Minnesota Wild (34-26-7, 5th in the Central Division) on Sunday. The Wild open this contest at -125 while the Ducks are priced at +113. The O/U is set at 6. The Wild are covering 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. The Ducks are covering 36.5% of the time, going 23-40 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 34 wins and 26 losses, ranking them 5th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 210 goals which has them sitting at 6th in the Western Conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +4, ranking them 17th in the league. The Wild have compiled a total of 75 points, which has them sitting at 19th in the league and 9th in the conference. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 2,019 which has them sitting at 13th in the conference and 26th in the league. As a group, Minnesota currently has a total of 1,020 hits which has them averaging 15.2 per contest. They have compiled a total of 821 blocks for this year. The man between the pipes for Minnesota is Alex Stalock from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is 32 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,118 minutes protecting the net for the season. Stalock is allowing an average of 2.58 goals per contest which has him placed 7th among Western Conference goalies and 17th among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he's allowed 91 goals. He has a save % of .913 which has him placed 16th among Western Conference goalies.
The Minnesota Wild will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3 - 2 victory against the San Jose Sharks their last time out. The Wild had an average offensive performance in the win. In this outing, they converted 3 of the 27 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 1 power play chance but didn't net one. Minnesota racked up a total of 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 40 and the Corsi against was 70 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 36.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 while the Fenwick against was 53, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 36.9%. They earned 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 18 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 38.5% and they had a PDO of 108.8 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the San Jose Sharks tallied a total of 42 shots. They ended the game with 2 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play chances.
The Ducks will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they have 28 victories and 32 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are currently sitting 15th in the West and 29th in the NHL with -43. They have earned a total of 171 goals for this season which is good for 14th in the Western Conference. Anaheim has a team save % of .902 which has them sitting 19th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They are shooting 8.4% which is good for 14th in the West. In goal for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a bad season by surrendering 3.00 goals per game and that has him ranked 26th in the West and 48th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,981 minutes he has played this season, he's allowed 149 goals. His save % is .904, which has him ranked 24th in the West and 48th among goalies in the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in a matchup where the Ducks took home the victory by a final score of 2 - 1. In their game, Anaheim wound up with a 50.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 45 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 44. They had a Fenwick percentage of 51.5% by earning a Fenwick of 34 and the Maple Leafs finishing with a 32 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Anaheim played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO of 103.8 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 46.4%. The Ducks netted 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Maple Leafs had 3 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Anaheim gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs earned 9 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (-125)
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