Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/2/2020
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+100) Canucks (-123)
Alex Stalock and the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7, 6th in the Central Division) go to Rogers Place on Sunday where they'll take on the Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6, 4th in the Pacific Division). The Wild open this matchup at +100 while the Canucks are coming in at -123. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Wild are covering 49.3% of the time, having gone 33-34 SU. Vancouver is covering 49.2% of the time, going 32-33 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 35 victories and 27 losses, which is good for 6th in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 218 goals which has them sitting at 6th in the conference and 14th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, which is good for 18th in the NHL. The Wild have a total of 77 points, which has them sitting at 21st in the NHL and 10th in the conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have a total of 2,077 which has them sitting at 15th in the conference and 28th in the NHL. As a team, Minnesota has collected a total of 1,050 hits which means they have an average of 15.2 per contest. They have a total of 847 blocks for this season. The man between the pipes for Minnesota is Alex Stalock from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is 32 years old and has totaled 2,177 mins protecting the goal for the season. Stalock is surrendering an average of 2.67 goals per game which places him at 12th among West goaltenders and 24th among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he has surrendered 97 goals. He's earned a save % of .910 which places him at 19th among West goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 4 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in their previous game. The Wild had a solid offensive performance in this victory. In this game, they netted 5 out of the 30 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 3 power play chances and netted 2 goals out of those opportunities. Minnesota ended up with 13 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Wild was 38 and the Corsi against was 57 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 40.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 29 and the Fenwick against sat at 42, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 40.8%. They took 29 face-off wins at even strength and lost 28 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 45.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 94.9 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Anaheim Ducks put up 26 shots. They finished with 11 penalty mins and they earned a total of 4 power play chances.
The Canucks are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 36 victories and 27 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they are currently ranked 5th in the West and 13th in the league with +10. They have earned a total of 224 goals for the season which is 3rd in the West. Vancouver has a team save % of .907 which currently has them ranked 12th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% which is good for 4th in the Western Conference. In net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having an ok season by allowing 2.75 GAA and that ranks him 14th among Western Conference goalies and 29th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,552 minutes he has been on the ice, he has allowed 117 goals. He has a save percentage of .918, which has him placed 10th among Western Conference goalies and 16th among goalies in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks played the New York Islanders in a matchup where the Canucks notched a win by a final score of 5 - 4. In this outing, Vancouver wound up with a 50.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 62 while the opposition had a Corsi of 62. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.5% by earning a Fenwick of 52 and the Islanders ending the game with a 47 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Vancouver had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO of 99.2 and they had an oZS percentage of 22.2%. The Canucks notched 5 goals of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one and were able to convert 1 out of those chances. Regarding their opponent, the Islanders had 3 power play opportunities but didn't put the puck in goal. Vancouver gave up 49 shots on goal and the Islanders had a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (-123)
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