Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/4/2020
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+140) Canucks (-160)
Rogers Place is the venue where Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7, 6th in the Central Division) on Tuesday. Minnesota leads the series 1-0. The Wild open this contest at +140 while the Canucks are coming in at -160. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Wild cover 49.3% of the time, having gone 33-34 SU. The Canucks cover 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 defeats, putting them at 6th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 218 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the West and 14th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, putting them at 18th in the NHL. The Wild currently have a total of 77 pts, which has them ranked at 21st in the NHL and 10th in the West. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,077 which has them ranked at 15th in the Western Conference and 28th in the NHL. As a team, Minnesota currently has a total of 1,050 hits which means they have an average of 15.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 847 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for Minnesota is Alex Stalock from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is 32 years old and has totaled 2,177 mins defending the goal this year. Stalock is giving up an average of 2.67 goals per contest which has him placed 12th among Western Conference goaltenders and 24th among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he's surrendered 97 goals. He holds a save % of .910 which has him placed 19th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Wild will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3 - 0 victory in Game 1. The Wild offense didn't overly impress in the victory. While out there on the ice, they finished 3 out of the 31 shots they put on goal. They also had 4 power play chances and notched 2 goals out of those chances. Minnesota earned 11 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 50 and the Corsi against was 54 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 48.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against sat at 39, which gave them a rate of 49.4%. They earned 24 face-off wins and lost 32 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 54.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 103.6 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Vancouver Canucks tallied a total of 28 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 27 penalty mins and they had 1 power play chance.
The Canucks will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 36 victories and 27 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 5th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL with +10. They have earned a total of 224 goals for this season which has them at 3rd in the Western Conference. Vancouver has a save % as a team of .907 which has them sitting 12th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% which puts them at 4th in the conference. In goal for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.75 goals per game and that places him 14th in the Western Conference and 29th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,552 mins he's been on the ice this year, he has surrendered 117 goals. He has a save % of .918, which ranks him 10th in the Western Conference and 16th among goalies in the NHL.
In Game 1 Vancouver wound up with a 51.9% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 54 while Minnesota had a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick percentage was 50.6% by way of having a Fenwick of 39 and the Wild ending the game with a 38 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Vancouver played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO of 96.4 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 45.1%. The Canucks scored 0 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this outing but didn't score a goal. As for their opponent, the Wild had 4 power play chances and came through by scoring 2 goals. Vancouver conceded 31 shots on goal and the Wild had a total of 11 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Vancouver (-160)
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