Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Predictions, Hockey Picks 3/7/2020
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-145) Kings (+131)
Staples Center is the venue where Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings (26-35-6, 8th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Minnesota Wild (34-26-7, 4th in the Central Division) on Saturday. The Wild open this contest at -145 while the Kings are coming in at +131. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Wild are covering 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. Los Angeles covers 37.9% of the time, going 25-41 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 34 victories and 26 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 210 goals which puts them at 6th in the West and 14th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, putting them at 17th in the NHL. The Wild currently have a total of 75 points, which puts them at 17th in the NHL and 7th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 2,019 which puts them at 12th in the West and 25th in the NHL. As a team, Minnesota has collected a total of 1,020 hits which has them averaging 15.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 821 blocks for the year. The goaltender 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 mins minding the goal for the season. Stalock is allowing 2.58 goals per contest which has him ranking 7th among West goaltenders and 17th in the NHL among goalies. So far this season, he has allowed 91 goals. His save % is .913 which has him ranking 16th among West goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory against the San Jose Sharks their last time out. The Wild had a middle of the road offensive performance in this victory. In this game, they finished 3 out of the 27 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 1 power play opportunity but didn't net one. Minnesota ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Wild was 40 and the Corsi against was 70 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 36.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 while the Fenwick against sat at 53, which means they earned a rate of 36.9%. They took 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 18 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 38.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 108.8 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the San Jose Sharks racked up a total of 42 shots. They had a total of 2 penalty mins and they tallied 3 power play attempts.
The Kings will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 26 wins and 35 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they sit 14th in the Western Conference and 27th in the league with -39. They have a total of 164 goals for this year which is 15th in the Western Conference. Los Angeles has a team save percentage of .899 which has them ranked 26th in the league, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.4% ranking them 15th in the West. In net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who is having an average year by allowing 2.83 goals per game and that places him 18th among West goalies and 37th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,456 minutes he's played this year, he has given up 116 goals. His save percentage is .903, which has him placed 25th among West goalies and 49th in the NHL among goalies.
The Los Angeles Kings went up against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a matchup where the Kings ended up with the victory by a score of 1 - 0. For this matchup, Los Angeles wound up with a 44.1% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 45 and their opponent having a Corsi of 57. Their Fenwick rate was 44.7% with a Fenwick of 38 and the Maple Leafs earning a 47 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Los Angeles played and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO of 100.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 44.6%. The Kings scored 1 goal of the 30 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. On the other side of the ice, the Maple Leafs had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. Los Angeles conceded 36 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs racked up 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (-145)
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