Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks Predictions, NHL Free Pick 2/19/2020
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+126) Canucks (-139)
Rogers Arena is the site where Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (32-22-5, 3rd in the Pacific Division) will take on the Minnesota Wild (27-24-7, 6th in the Central Division) on Wednesday. The Canucks open this game at -139 while the Wild are priced at +126. The total has been set at 6. The Wild cover 45.6% of the time, having gone 26-31 SU. Vancouver covers 51.8% of the time, going 29-27 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 27 wins and 24 defeats, which is good for 6th in the Central Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 175 goals which ranks 8th in the Western Conference and 18th in the league. Their goal differential is -9, which is good for 22nd in the league. The Wild have a total of 61 pts, which ranks 24th in the league and 11th in the conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,727 which ranks 14th in the West and 28th in the league. As a unit, Minnesota has obtained a total of 876 hits which means they have an average of 15.1 per game. They have a total of 691 blocks for the season. Protecting the net for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is 33 years old and has racked up 1,476 minutes in net this season. Dubnyk is conceding an average of 3.33 GAA which has him placed 32nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 62nd in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he has allowed 82 goals. His save % is .893 which has him placed 31st among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild had a rough game after their 2 - 0 defeat against the San Jose Sharks in their previous game. The Wild had a below average offensive outing in this loss. For this game, they scored on 0 out of the 39 shots they tried. In addition, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Minnesota had 6 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Wild was 65 and the Corsi against was 36 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 64.4%. Their Fenwick was 48 and the Fenwick against sat at 25, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 65.8%. They earned 27 face-off wins and lost 20 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 74.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 88.2 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the San Jose Sharks earned 21 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Canucks will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 32 wins and 22 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are currently sitting 4th in the conference and 11th in the NHL with +10. They have compiled a total of 188 goals for the year which is good for 4th in the conference. Vancouver has a team save percentage of .909 which has them sitting 12th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 10.3% which is good for 4th in the Western Conference. In goal for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.74 goals per game and that has him ranked 12th among Western Conference goalies and 27th in the NHL. In the 2,429 minutes he's played this season, he's given up 111 goals. He holds a save percentage of .918, which has him ranking 10th among Western Conference goalies and 17th in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks squared up with the Anaheim Ducks in an outing where the Canucks ended up losing by a tally of 5 - 1. For this game, Vancouver had a 62.7% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 64 while their opponent had a Corsi of 38. Their Fenwick percentage was 64.0% with a Fenwick of 48 and the Ducks having a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Vancouver played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO at even strength of 85.7 and they earned an oZS percentage of 51.4%. The Canucks notched 1 goal of the 38 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play chances in this one and netted 1 out of those opportunities. As for their opponent, the Ducks had 2 power play opportunities and were able to tally 2 goals. Vancouver conceded 28 shots on goal and the Ducks earned 20 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Vancouver (-139)
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