Wild vs Penguins Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/14/2020
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+115) Penguins (-127)
Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (28-12-5, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) play the Minnesota Wild (20-19-6, 6th in the Central Division) at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The odds on this matchup have the Wild priced at +115 and the Penguins are at -127. The total is set at 6. The Wild cover 43.2% of the time, having gone 19-25 SU. The Penguins cover 59.5% of the time, going 25-17 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 20 wins and 19 losses, ranking them 6th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 134 goals which is good for 8th in the conference and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -14, ranking them 24th in the league. The Wild currently have a total of 46 points, which is good for 23rd in the league and 11th in the conference. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,323 which is good for 15th in the conference and 28th in the league. As a team, Minnesota has a total of 688 hits which means they are averaging 15.3 per game. They currently have a total of 532 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is 33 years old and has played 1,177 minutes protecting the goal for the campaign. Dubnyk is allowing 3.16 goals per contest which has him ranked 28th among West goaltenders and 52nd among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's given up 62 goals. He holds a save % of .898 which has him ranked 27th among West goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 loss against the Vancouver Canucks in their last game. The Wild had a below average offensive outing in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they scored on 1 of the 24 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Minnesota earned a total of 16 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Wild was 43 and the Corsi against was 38 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 53.1%. Their Fenwick was 29 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 27, which means they earned a rate of 51.8%. They won 16 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 62.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 90.9 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Vancouver Canucks earned 30 shots. They ended the game with 10 penalty minutes and they tallied 8 power play opportunities.
The Penguins will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 28 victories and 12 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the East and 3rd in the NHL with +29. They have a total of 151 goals for the season which has them ranked at 6th in the East. Pittsburgh has a team save percentage of .909 which has them sitting 8th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 10.2% ranking them 7th in the East. In goal for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry who is having a good season by giving up only 2.08 goals per game and that ranks him 1st in the East and 1st in the NHL. In the 1,269 minutes he has played, he's given up 44 goals. His save % is .932, which puts him at 1st in the East and 1st in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Penguins got the victory by a score of 4 - 3. For this game, Pittsburgh earned a 59.4% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 60 while their opponent had a Corsi of 41. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 58.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 45 and the Coyotes ending the game with a 32 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Pittsburgh had and they showed up in this game. Their PDO was 91.8 and they had an oZS percentage of 66.7%. The Penguins netted 4 goals of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and converted 2 out of those opportunities. As for their opponent, the Coyotes had 4 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. Pittsburgh gave up 27 shots on goal and the Coyotes racked up 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-127)
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