Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers Predictions, NHL Free Pick 2/21/2020
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+100) Oilers (-110)
Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild (28-24-7, 6th in the Central Division) travel to Rogers Place on Friday where they'll meet the Edmonton Oilers (32-21-7, 1st in the Pacific Division). The Oilers open this game at -110 while the Wild are priced at +100. The total is set at 6. The Wild are covering 45.6% of the time, having gone 26-31 SU. The Oilers are covering 51.7% of the time, going 30-28 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild step onto the ice holding a record of 28 victories and 24 defeats, ranking them 6th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 178 goals which has them sitting at 8th in the West and 18th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -9, ranking them 22nd in the NHL. The Wild have a total of 63 points, which has them sitting at 22nd in the NHL and 11th in the Western Conference. When looking at shots on goal, they have a total of 1,755 which has them sitting at 14th in the West and 28th in the NHL. As a unit, Minnesota has collected a total of 897 hits which has them averaging 15.2 per contest. They have a total of 712 blocks for this year. The man between the pipes for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is 33 years old and has totaled 1,541 mins minding the net for the season. Dubnyk is allowing an average of 3.31 goals per game which puts him at 32nd in the West and 63rd in the NHL among goaltenders. During this year, he has surrendered 85 goals. He holds a save percentage of .893 which puts him at 31st in the West.
The Minnesota Wild will need a bounce back game after taking a 2 - 0 loss against the San Jose Sharks in their last game. The Wild could have played much better offensively in the defeat. In this matchup, they finished 0 of the 39 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Minnesota ended up with 6 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Wild was 65 and the Corsi against was 36 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 64.4%. Their Fenwick was 48 and the Fenwick against was 25, giving them a rate of 65.8%. They earned 27 face-off wins and lost 20 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 74.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 88.2 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the San Jose Sharks put up 21 shots. They had 6 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play chances.
The Oilers will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 32 victories and 21 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the conference and 15th in the league with +6. They currently have a total of 189 goals for the season which ranks 5th in the Western Conference. Edmonton has a team save % of .903 which currently has them ranked 16th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 10.6% which puts them at 2nd in the Western Conference. In net for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having an ok year by giving up 2.89 goals against average and that has him ranked 18th among West goaltenders and 38th in the NHL. In the 1,824 minutes he has been on the ice, he's allowed 88 goals. He holds a save % of .905, which has him ranked 23rd among West goaltenders and 47th in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers played the Carolina Hurricanes in an outing where the Oilers ended up with the win by a final of 4 - 3. In this outing, Edmonton went home with a 48.2% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 41 and the other team having a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 44.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 28 and the Hurricanes earning a 35 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Edmonton had and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO at even strength of 102.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 51.7%. The Oilers notched 4 goals of the 24 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing and netted 1 out of those attempts. On the other side of the ice, the Hurricanes had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. Edmonton gave up 31 shots on goal and the Hurricanes had a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (-110)
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