Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 5/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+270) Wild (-330)
Kaapo Kahkonen and the Minnesota Wild (33-14-5) host the Anaheim Ducks (17-30-7) at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday. The line on this game has the Ducks priced at +270 and the Wild are at -330. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Ducks went home feeling good about their game by earning a 3-2 win over the Blues in their previous outing. The Corsi for the Ducks came in at 48 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 37 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 56.5%. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 34.3% and they had a PDO of 101.7 for this matchup. Anaheim had 9 penalty minutes in this game. The Ducks had a middle of the road showing in the victory. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick against finished at 29, giving them a Fenwick rate of 56.1%. They tallied 20 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 29 opportunities to win the face-off. In addition, they had 2 power play tries but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. In the game, they tallied a score on 3 of the 35 shots they attempted.
The Ducks have had 1,651 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .898. At even strength, the Ducks have surrendered 137 goals while earning 107 on offense. Anaheim Ducks opponents have recorded 157 power play tries (15th in the league) and have tallied 32 goals in those chances. For the season, they have 41 points and their points % is .380. Anaheim has tried 1,453 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.1%. In relation to their goal scoring prowess, the Anaheim Ducks have accounted for 118 goals (30th in the National Hockey League) on the campaign and have allowed 169. Anaheim has tallied 121 power play opportunities and they have scored 11 goals during those advantages, earning them a percentage of 9.09%.
The man in net for this game is Ryan Miller. Opponents have notched 2,025 goals versus Miller in his professional hockey career and his goals against average is 2.63. Miller has been in net for 795 games over the course of his hockey career. He has a save percentage of .914 for his 46,082 minutes guarding the cage. He has a win-loss record of 391-289-87 and he was named the starter in 642 games. Over the course of his career, Miller has accounted for 364 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .567. Miller has had 23,669 shots against him and has garnered 21,644 saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Minnesota went up against the Golden Knights in a game where the Wild took the defeat by a mark of 3-2. Minnesota wound up with a 43.4% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Minnesota played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their Fenwick rate was 46.8% with a Fenwick of 29 and the Golden Knights having accrued a 33 Fenwick. Their PDO was 101 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 29.2%. The Wild recorded 2 goals of the 28 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 attempts on the power play in this outing but didn't score a goal.
The Wild have accumulated 141 goals at even strength and 28 goals (22nd in professional hockey) while on the power play. Minnesota has taken 1,473 shots (27th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 11.47%, while allowing their opponents 1,604 shots. For the year, the Minnesota Wild have tallied 169 goals, 71 points, and a points percentage of .683. They have a total of 153 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 18.30%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 81.94% on their opponents 155 power play tries, and their save percentage is 91.1%. They have granted a total of 142 goals to be scored by of a combination of 114 goals at even strength and 28 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you will find Kaapo Kahkonen in the crease. Kahkonen has earned a career mark of 18-8-1 and has been in net for 27 games. Kahkonen's percentage of quality starts is 50.0% and he has 13 quality starts in his professional career. He has accrued 739 stops out of the 812 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save % of .910. His opposition is averaging 2.74 goals per game and he has conceded 73 goals altogether. He has started in 26 contests and has played 1,598 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (-330)
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