Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/6/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (-120) Wild (+100)
Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) go to Rogers Place on Thursday where they'll meet the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7, 6th in the Central Division). The series is tied 1-1. The Wild open this matchup at +100 while the Canucks are coming in at -120. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Canucks cover 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. Minnesota covers 49.3% of the time, going 33-34 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks head into this game holding a record of 36 wins and 27 defeats, which is good for 4th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 224 goals which has them ranked at 3rd in the conference and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, which is good for 13th in the NHL. The Canucks have compiled a total of 78 points, which has them ranked at 20th in the NHL and 9th in the West. When looking at shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 2,153 which has them ranked at 10th in the conference and 22nd in the NHL. As a group, Vancouver has obtained a total of 1,292 hits which means they are averaging 18.7 per game. They have compiled a total of 915 blocks for this season. Protecting the net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,552 mins minding the goal for the campaign. Markstrom is allowing 2.75 goals against average which has him ranked 14th among Western Conference goalies and 29th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the season, he has allowed 117 goals. He has a save percentage of .918 which has him ranked 10th among Western Conference goalies.
The Canucks were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory over the Wild in Game 2. The Canucks had a good offensive outing and it showed in the victory. In the game, they finished 4 of the 11 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 3 power play chances but didn't net one. Vancouver racked up a total of 6 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Canucks was 11 and the Corsi against was 5 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 68.8%. Their Fenwick was 8 and the Fenwick against was 5, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 61.5%. They won 8 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 3 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 57.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 116.7 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Minnesota Wild put up 9 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty minutes and they earned 3 power play attempts.
The Wild will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they have 35 victories and 27 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the West and 18th in the NHL with +1. They have a total of 218 goals for the year which is good for 6th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a team save percentage of .897 which has them sitting 29th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 10.5% ranking them 2nd in the conference. In goal for Minnesota is Alex Stalock who is having an average year by giving up 2.67 goals per game and that has him 12th among West goalies and 24th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,177 mins he has played, he's allowed 97 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .910, which has him ranking 19th among West goalies and 35th among goaltenders in the NHL.
In Game 2 Minnesota earned a 31.3% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 5 and they allowed a Corsi of 11. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 38.5% by notching a Fenwick of 5 and the Canucks having a 8 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Minnesota played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their PDO was 83.3 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 42.9%. The Wild scored 3 goals of the 9 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Canucks had 3 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Minnesota gave up 11 shots on goal and the Canucks had a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (-120)
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