Arizona Coyotes vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 3/14/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+166) Wild (-185)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where Kaapo Kahkonen and the Minnesota Wild (16-8-1) will play the Arizona Coyotes (12-11-4) on Sunday. The Coyotes open this contest at +166 while the Wild are priced at -185. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Coyotes will look for better times on the ice after their 4-0 loss against the Wild in their last outing. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 54.0% and their PDO rating was 81.8 for this matchup. They accumulated 21 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 15 opportunities to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 31 and the Fenwick against finished at 29, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 51.7%. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 42 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 43 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 49.4%. Arizona recorded 8 mins in the box in this contest. In addition, they had 4 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. The Coyotes left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the loss. In the game, they took the loss without having netted any of the 25 shots they attempted.
Concerning their goal scoring prowess, the Arizona Coyotes have tallied 67 goals (24th in the league) on the season and have conceded 79. For the current campaign, they have tallied 28 points and their points % is .519. Arizona has accounted for 91 power play chances and they have notched 18 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 19.78%. At even strength, the Coyotes have given up 64 goals while notching 49 themselves. Arizona has taken 689 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.7%. The Coyotes have had 851 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .907. Arizona Coyotes opponents have amassed 94 power play opportunities (5th in professional hockey) and have notched 15 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Antti Raanta. Raanta has participated in 194 games during his pro hockey career. He has compiled a record of 92-62-20 and he has gotten the start in 175 games. Opponents have tallied 427 goals versus Raanta in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.44. Raanta has seen 5,347 shot attempts taken against him and has amassed 4,920 total saves. His save percentage sits at .920 in his 10,502 minutes played. Over the course of his pro career, Raanta has accumulated 111 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .634.
In their win over Arizona, Minnesota had 4 opportunities on the power play in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. The Wild scored 4 goals of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO of 118 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 45.1%. Minnesota went home with a 50.6% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Minnesota had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a Fenwick percentage of 48.3% by accumulating a Fenwick of 29 and the Coyotes having earned a 31 Fenwick.
The Wild have earned 73 goals at even strength and 6 goals (31st in pro hockey) while on the power play. Minnesota has attempted 764 shots (18th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 10.34%, while allowing their opponents 723 shots. On the season, the Minnesota Wild have accumulated 79 goals, 33 points, in addition to a points percentage of .660. They have earned 80 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 7.50%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 85.06% on their opponents 87 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is currently 91.3%. They have granted a total of 63 goals to be scored by way of 50 goals at even strength and 13 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the rink you will find Kaapo Kahkonen in goal. Teams are averaging 2.39 goals/game and he has allowed 47 goals altogether. Kahkonen's quality start rate is 57.9% and he has made 11 quality starts in his career. He has started in 19 contests and has accumulated 1,180 mins. Kahkonen is the owner of a career record of 14-5-1 and has participated in 20 games. He has a tally of 533 stops out of the 580 shots attempted, which gives him a save percentage of .919.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Arizona (+166)
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