Minnesota Wild vs Detroit Red Wings Predictions, Free NHL Pick 2/27/2020
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-195) Red Wings (+175)
Jonathan Bernier and the Detroit Red Wings (15-46-4, 8th in the Atlantic Division) host the Minnesota Wild (30-25-7, 6th in the Central Division) at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The Red Wings open this game at +175 while the Wild are coming in at -195. The total has been set at 5.5. The Wild cover 46.7% of the time, having gone 28-32 SU. The Red Wings cover 20.6% of the time, going 13-50 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild step onto the ice with a record of 30 wins and 25 defeats, ranking them 6th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 189 goals which ranks them 8th in the conference and 18th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -9, ranking them 22nd in the NHL. The Wild have a total of 67 pts, which ranks them 23rd in the NHL and 11th in the Western Conference. In connection with shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,867 which ranks them 14th in the Western Conference and 27th in the NHL. As a group, Minnesota has compiled a total of 940 hits which means they have an average of 15.2 per game. They have a total of 753 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is 33 years old and has played 1,601 minutes minding the goal this season. Dubnyk is conceding an average of 3.34 goals per contest which puts him at 33rd in the Western Conference and 63rd in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he has allowed 89 goals. He has a save % of .892 which puts him at 32nd in the Western Conference.
The Minnesota Wild will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 5 - 4 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last contest. The Wild had a good offensive outing in this victory. In this game, they scored on 5 out of the 40 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity but didn't get a goal. Minnesota had 4 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 65 and the Corsi against was 42 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 60.7%. Their Fenwick was 49 and the Fenwick against was 34, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 59.0%. They earned 23 face-off wins and lost 31 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 60.7% and they had a PDO of 97.2 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets racked up 28 shots. They ended the game with 2 penalty mins and they notched 2 power play attempts.
The Red Wings will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 15 wins and 46 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they sit 16th in the conference and 31st in the NHL with -114. They have earned a total of 129 goals for the year which ranks 16th in the East. Detroit has a save percentage as a team of .886 which has them sitting 31st in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.3% ranking them 16th in the East. In goal for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier who is having a tough season by giving up 2.93 goals per contest and that has him ranked 21st among East goaltenders and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,231 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has allowed 109 goals. His save % is .907, which has him ranked 21st among East goaltenders and 39th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the New Jersey Devils in a game where the Red Wings went home in defeat by a score of 4 - 1. In this outing, Detroit had a 55.8% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 43 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 55.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Devils ending the game with a 25 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Detroit had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 95.0 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 75.0%. The Red Wings netted 1 goal of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing and were able to notch 1 out of those tries. On the other side of the ice, the Devils had 5 power play opportunities and were able to tally 3 goals. Detroit gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Devils had 31 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit (+175)
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