Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 3/3/2020
Game: Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+104) Wild (-115)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (32-24-8, 4th in the Central Division) are headed to Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Minnesota Wild (32-26-7, 6th in the Central Division). The Wild open this game at -115 while the Predators are coming in at +104. The O/U has been set at 6. The Predators are covering 47.5% of the time, having gone 29-32 SU. Minnesota covers 47.6% of the time, going 30-33 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 32 wins and 24 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 201 goals which ranks them 7th in the Western Conference and 16th in the NHL. Their goal differential is 0, putting them at 21st in the NHL. The Predators currently have a total of 72 pts, which ranks them 19th in the NHL and 8th in the conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 2,128 which ranks them 3rd in the Western Conference and 8th in the NHL. As a group, Nashville has a total of 1,030 hits which means they have an average of 16.1 per game. They currently have a total of 786 blocks for the season. Looking after the net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has played a total of 1,938 minutes defending the net for the campaign. Rinne is giving up 3.00 goals per contest which has him placed 27th in the Western Conference and 49th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 97 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .900 which has him placed 29th in the Western Conference.
The Nashville Predators will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3 - 2 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche their last time out. The Predators didn't have their best offensive outing in this defeat. For this game, they finished 2 out of the 32 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but didn't get a goal. Nashville racked up a total of 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Predators was 44 and the Corsi against was 33 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 57.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against was 25, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 60.3%. They earned 14 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 65.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 94.5 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Colorado Avalanche earned 31 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 minutes in the box and they earned 4 power play opportunities.
The Wild will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 32 wins and 26 losses. When looking at goal differential, they sit 9th in the West and 19th in the league with +1. They have earned a total of 204 goals for the season which has them sitting at 5th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a save percentage as a team of .897 which currently has them ranked 28th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% ranking them 3rd in the conference. In net for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a tough year by surrendering 3.34 goals per game and that ranks him 33rd in the West and 65th in the NHL. In the 1,601 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 89 goals. His save % is .892, which puts him at 32nd in the West and 62nd in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild faced the Washington Capitals in a game where the Wild took the defeat by a final of 4 - 3. For this matchup, Minnesota earned a 54.5% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 54 and their opponent having a Corsi of 45. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.6% by way of having a Fenwick of 40 and the Capitals ending the game with a 36 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Minnesota played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO at even strength of 91.4 and they had an oZS percentage of 55.2%. The Wild converted 3 goals out of the 40 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and converted 2 out of those attempts. Regarding the opposition, the Capitals had 2 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Minnesota allowed 30 shots on goal and the Capitals racked up 19 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (+104)
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