Los Angeles Kings vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 2/27/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+135) Wild (-162)
Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings (9-6-3) head to Xcel Energy Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (10-6-0). The Kings open this game at +135 while the Wild are coming in at -162. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Kings had a good night with a 2-1 victory over the Blues in their last outing. When starting in the offensive zone they were at 41.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 106.6 for this matchup. They totaled 20 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 27 opportunities to win the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 33 and the Fenwick against was 35, giving them a Fenwick rate of 48.5%. The Corsi for the Kings was sitting at 43 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 39 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 52.4%. Los Angeles compiled 2 penalty minutes in this contest. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to notch a goal. The Kings could have played much better offensively in the victory. For the outing, they converted 2 out of the 20 shots they attempted.
The Kings have had 567 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .915. While playing at even strength, the Kings let the opposition score 39 goals while earning 39 when they are on offense. Los Angeles Kings opponents have totaled 58 power play tries (19th in hockey) and have notched 9 goals in those attempts. For the season, they have 21 points and their points percentage comes in at .583. Los Angeles has taken 505 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.9%. In terms of their scoring capabilities, the Los Angeles Kings have earned 55 goals (15th in hockey) so far this year and have surrendered 48. Los Angeles comes into the game with 65 power play chances and they have scored 16 goals out of those tries, garnering 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 compiled 350 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .544. He has a save percentage of .913 in his 38,123 mins in the crease. Quick has seen 17,559 shot attempts taken against him and has gathered 16,036 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 1,523 goals against Quick in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.40. He has a record of 330-242-69 and was named the starter in 643 games. Quick has participated in 653 matchups throughout his NHL career.
Their last time out, Minnesota faced the Avalanche in a game where the Wild earned a win by a final score of 6-2. Their PDO was 118 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 39.1%. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Their Fenwick percentage was 47.8% by way of having a Fenwick of 33 and the Avalanche having a 36 Fenwick at even strength. The Wild earned 6 goals out of the 25 shots on goal they were seeking. Minnesota wound up with a 40.2% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Minnesota played and they looked good in this game.
The Wild are sitting with 45 goals at even strength and 5 goals (29th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. Minnesota has taken 480 shots (28th in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 10.42%, while allowing the opposition 466 shots. For the season, the Minnesota Wild have accounted for 50 goals, 20 points, in addition to a points percentage of .625. They have earned 57 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 8.77%. They have a penalty kill rate of 86.44% on the other teams 59 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 91.4%. They have allowed 40 goals to be scored by way of 32 goals at even strength and 8 goals while they were shorthanded.
For the opposition you are expected to see Cam Talbot in net. His opposition is averaging 2.60 goals/game and he has surrendered 790 goals altogether. Talbot's percentage of quality starts is 52.0% and he has qualified for 159 quality starts in his pro career. He has made the start in 306 games and his ice time sits at 18,219 mins. Talbot has a career mark of 153-124-25 and has played in 320 contests. He has compiled 8,548 stops out of 9,338 shots attempted, giving him a rate of .915.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (-162)
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