Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 3/24/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+180) Wild (-222)
Xcel Energy Center is the venue where Kaapo Kahkonen and the Minnesota Wild (19-10-1) will take on the Anaheim Ducks (9-18-6) on Wednesday. The Ducks open this matchup at +180 while the Wild are priced at -222. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Ducks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 2-1 defeat against the Wild in their last contest. The Ducks could have played much better offensively in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they tallied a score on 1 out of the 25 shots they put on goal. They also had 3 power play attempts but didn't get a goal. Anaheim accounted for 6 mins in the box for this matchup. The Corsi for the Ducks came in at 49 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 38 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 56.3%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick Against sat at 30, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 51.6%. They accrued 24 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 19 attempts to take control of the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 66.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 99.3 for this game.
Anaheim Ducks opponents have tallied 95 power play tries (18th in professional hockey) and have come away with 23 goals in those attempts. The Ducks have had 964 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .886. Anaheim has attempted 910 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 7.8%. While playing at even strength, the Ducks have allowed 87 goals while scoring 62 as an offensive unit. Anaheim has accumulated 78 power play chances and they have tallied 9 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 11.54%. For the current campaign, the have a total of 24 points and their points percentage is sitting at .364. With respect to scoring goals, the Anaheim Ducks have notched 71 goals (29th in the league) for the year and have conceded 110.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Ryan Miller. The opposition has notched 2,015 goals versus Miller in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.62. Miller has been involved in 792 matchups during his NHL career. His save percentage is at .915 for his 45,904 mins in the crease. He has a mark of 390-287-87 and he has gotten the start in 639 games. Over the course of his pro career, Miller has accounted for 363 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .568. Miller has seen 23,570 shots taken against him and he has 21,555 total saves.
In their win over Anaheim, Minnesota wound up with a 43.7% Corsi rate. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Minnesota played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their Fenwick rate was 48.4% with a Fenwick of 30 and the Ducks having earned a 32 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO was 101 and they had an oZS percentage of 33.3%. The Wild scored 2 goals of the 23 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play attempts in this contest and notched 1 out of those chances.
The Wild have earned 80 goals at even strength and 9 goals (30th in professional hockey) while on the power play. Minnesota has taken 898 shots (21st in the league) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.91%, while allowing the opposition 898 shots. Over the course of the season, the Minnesota Wild have earned a total of 89 goals, 39 points, as well as a points percentage of .650. They have a total of 97 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 9.28%. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 85.15% on their opponents 101 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 91.5%. They have permitted 76 goals to be scored by way of 61 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Kaapo Kahkonen in net. Kahkonen is sitting with a career record of 15-6-1 and has been in goal for 22 games. Kahkonen's quality start percentage sits at 57.1% and he has 12 quality starts in his professional career. He has recorded 600 saves out of 653 shots taken against him, which gives him a rate of .919. The opposition is averaging 2.45 goals/game and he has relinquished 53 goals altogether. He has been a starter 21 games and has racked up 1,300 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (-222)
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