Los Angeles Kings vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 2/26/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+130) Wild (-154)
Xcel Energy Center is the venue where Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (10-6-0) will take on the Los Angeles Kings (9-6-3) on Friday. The moneyline on this game has the Kings priced at +130 and the Wild are at -154. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Kings went home feeling good about their game by earning a 2-1 win against the Blues the last time they stepped on the ice. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 41.1% and they had a PDO of 106.6 for this game. They earned 20 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 27 attempts to win the puck. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against was 35, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 48.5%. The Corsi for the Kings was sitting at 43 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 39 which means they had a Corsi rate of 52.4%. Los Angeles compiled 2 penalty mins in this game. Furthermore, they had 1 opportunity with more players on the ice but weren't able to make the most of that try. The Kings could have played much better offensively in this win. In the game, they were able to notch a goal on 2 of the 20 shots they attempted.
The Kings have had 567 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .915. At even strength, the Kings let the opposition score 39 goals while having 39 themselves. Los Angeles Kings opponents have tallied 58 power play opportunities (17th in professional hockey) and have earned 9 goals in those attempts. For the current season, they have racked up 21 points and their points percentage comes in at .583. Los Angeles has tried 505 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.9%. When it comes to scoring goals, the Los Angeles Kings have earned 55 goals (14th in the NHL) on the year and have allowed 48. Los Angeles comes into the game with 65 power play opportunities and they have notched 16 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 24.62%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Jonathan Quick. Over the course of his pro career, Quick has accumulated 350 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .544. He has a save percentage of .913 during his 38,123 mins in the crease. Quick has seen 17,559 shot attempts against him and has gathered 16,036 total saves. Opponents have scored 1,523 goals versus Quick in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.40. He has accumulated a record of 330-242-69 and he started in 643 games. Quick has been involved in 653 contests over the course of his pro hockey career.
When they were on the ice last, Minnesota faced the Avalanche in a matchup where the Wild took home the win by a final of 6-2. Minnesota wound up with a 40.2% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Minnesota played and they played a solid game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 47.8% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Avalanche having earned a 36 Fenwick at even strength. They had a PDO at even strength of 118 and their oZS percentage was 39.1%. The Wild had 6 goals of the 25 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to score a goal.
Minnesota has put up 480 shots (28th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.42%, while allowing the opposition 466 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 86.44% on their oppositions 59 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.4%. They have earned 57 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 8.77%. The Wild have earned 45 goals at even strength and 5 goals (29th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 40 goals to be scored by of a combination of 32 goals at even strength and 8 goals while they had less men on the ice. For the year, the Minnesota Wild have accounted for 50 goals, 20 points, in addition to a points percentage of .625.
On the other side of the ice you will find Cam Talbot defending the net. He has recorded 8,548 stops out of 9,338 shots attempted, which gives him a save % of .915. Talbot has accrued a lifetime mark of 153-124-25 and has been in goal for 320 games. He has been a starter 306 contests and has accumulated 18,219 mins. Talbot's quality start rate is 52.0% and he has 159 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. The opposition is averaging 2.60 goals/game and he has relinquished 790 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (-154)
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