Los Angeles Kings vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 1/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+135) Wild (-155)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (4-3-0) will take on the Los Angeles Kings (3-2-2) on Thursday. The Wild open this matchup at -155 while the Kings are priced at +135. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Kings will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 2 - 1 win against the Wild in their last game. The Kings had a below average offensive performance in this victory. In the game, they finished 2 of the 21 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Los Angeles ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Kings sat at 31 and the Corsi against was 51 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 37.8%. Their Fenwick was 23 while the Fenwick against was 36, meaning they had a rate of 39.0%. They took 19 face-off wins at even strength and lost 20 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 29.2% and they had a PDO of 111.9 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Minnesota Wild earned 33 shots. They finished with 6 penalty mins and they earned 3 power play opportunities.
The Kings have had 215 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .902. While playing at even strength, the Kings have conceded 17 goals while having 16 on the offensive side of the ice. Los Angeles Kings opponents have recorded 28 power play tries (6th in the NHL) and have scored 4 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have earned 8 points and their points percentage is .571. Los Angeles has taken 198 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.1%. When talking about scoring goals, the Los Angeles Kings have earned 22 goals (10th in the NHL) this year and have allowed 21. Los Angeles skates onto the rink with 29 power play chances and they have scored 6 goals during those advantages, earning them a percentage of 20.69%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Jonathan Quick. The opposition has been able to score 1,512 goals versus Quick in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.40. Quick has taken the ice for 648 matchups throughout his professional hockey career. His save percentage is .913 in his 37,860 minutes played. He has accumulated a mark of 327-240-69 and he has started in 638 games. In his career, Quick has accumulated 347 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .544. Quick has had 17,440 shots taken against him and has recorded 15,928 saves.
In their loss to L.A., Minnesota earned a 62.2% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 and they surrendered a Corsi of 31. Their Fenwick rate came in at 61.0% by notching a Fenwick of 36 and the Kings having earned a 23 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO at even strength of 88.1 and their percentage of oZS was 70.8%. The Wild scored 1 goal out of the 33 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Kings had 3 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Minnesota conceded 21 shots on goal and the Kings earned 6 penalty minutes.
Minnesota has attempted 228 shots (6th in the league) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.33%, while allowing their opponents 204 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 91.30% on the other teams 23 chances on the power play, and their save percentage is currently 8.3%. They have a total of 30 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 6.67%. The Wild have tallied 16 goals at even strength and 2 goals (27th in hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 17 goals to be scored by way of 15 goals at even strength and 2 goals while they were shorthanded. On the year, the Minnesota Wild have a total of 19 goals, 8 points, as well as a points percentage of .571.
Across the ice you are likely to see Cam Talbot in goal. He has gathered 8,497 stops out of 9,282 shots taken, which gives him a rate of .915. Talbot has accumulated a career record of 152-123-25 and has played in 318 contests. He has started in 304 games and has racked up 18,099 minutes. Talbot's quality start rate is 52.0% and he has made 158 quality starting assignments in his career. His opposition is averaging 2.60 goals per contest and he has relinquished 785 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (-155)
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