Washington Capitals vs Minnesota Wild Predictions, NHL Parlay Picks 3/1/2020
Game: Washington Capitals vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-130) Wild (+118)
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (39-19-6, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Xcel Energy Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Minnesota Wild (32-25-7, 6th in the Central Division). The Capitals open this game at -130 while the Wild are priced at +118. The O/U has been set at 6. The Capitals cover 58.3% of the time, having gone 35-25 SU. Minnesota covers 48.4% of the time, going 30-32 straight up.
The Washington Capitals come into this matchup with a record of 39 victories and 19 defeats, which puts them at 1st in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 218 goals which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +24, which puts them at 7th in the league. The Capitals have a total of 84 pts, which puts them at 4th in the league and 3rd in the conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have a total of 2,052 which puts them at 7th in the conference and 14th in the league. As a group, Washington has compiled a total of 1,510 hits which means they are averaging 23.6 per contest. They have a total of 701 blocks for this season. The man in goal for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,498 mins defending the net for the season. Holtby is giving up an average of 3.12 goals against average which has him placed 25th in the East and 54th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this season, he has given up 130 goals. He has a save % of .897 which has him placed 30th in the East.
The Washington Capitals will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3 - 0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in their previous contest. The Capitals had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the loss. For this matchup, they converted 0 of the 34 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. Washington had 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Capitals was 55 and the Corsi against was 49 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 52.9%. Their Fenwick was 41 and the Fenwick against sat at 36, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 53.2%. They took 27 face-off wins and lost 15 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 48.3% and they had a PDO of 89.3 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Winnipeg Jets put up 32 shots. They had a total of 6 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play attempts.
The Wild will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 32 victories and 25 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 8th in the West and 18th in the NHL with +2. They have earned a total of 201 goals for the year which is 5th in the West. Minnesota has a team save % of .898 which currently has them ranked 27th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.5% putting them at 1st in the West. In net for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a bad year by surrendering 3.34 goals against average and that has him 33rd in the West and 63rd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,601 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 89 goals. His save percentage is .892, which has him ranked 32nd in the West and 62nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild faced the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game where the Wild ended up with the victory by a mark of 5 - 0. For this game, Minnesota went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 47 and the other team having a Corsi of 47. They had a Fenwick percentage of 50.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 32 and the Blue Jackets having a 32 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Minnesota played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 119.0 and their oZS percentage was 41.9%. The Wild scored 5 goals of the 26 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing and converted 1 out of those attempts. As for their opponent, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play chances but weren't able to take advantage of it. Minnesota allowed 24 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets racked up 6 penalty mins.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (+118) and under the total goals
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