Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks Prediction, 2/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-133) Ducks (+110)
Honda Center is the venue where John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (6-7-3) will play the Minnesota Wild (6-6-0) on Thursday. The odds on this matchup have the Wild priced at -133 and the Ducks are at +110. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Wild will look for better times on the ice after their 4-0 defeat to the Kings in their previous game. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 43 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 47 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 47.8%. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 64.9% and they had a PDO of 88.0 for this one. Minnesota earned 6 mins in the box in this game. The Wild had a below average offensive performance in this defeat. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick Against sat at 37, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 46.4%. They garnered 22 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 28 opportunities to win the puck. Furthermore, they had 3 chances with the advantage but didn't convert them into a score. While out there on the ice, they went scoreless on the 28 shots they tried.
The Wild have had 357 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .905. When playing at even strength, the Wild have allowed the opponent to score 27 goals while scoring 27 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota Wild opponents have recorded 47 power play tries (18th in pro hockey) and have notched 7 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they sit with 12 points and their points percentage comes in at .500. Minnesota has taken 365 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 8.2%. Concerning scoring goals, the Minnesota Wild have racked up 30 goals (29th in the NHL) so far this season and have given up 34. Minnesota comes into tonight with 45 power play opportunities and they have tallied 3 goals out of those attempts, earning them a percentage of 6.67%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Cam Talbot. Talbot has participated in 320 contests throughout his pro hockey career. He has a record of 153-124-25 and he started in 306 games. The opposition has scored 790 goals versus Talbot in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.60. Talbot has had 9,338 shots against him and has gathered 8,548 total saves. His save percentage sits at .915 in his 18,219 mins played. Over the course of his career, Talbot has accrued 159 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .520.
In their last game, Anaheim played the Sharks in a game where the Ducks ended up taking the loss by a final score of 3-2. Their PDO was 99 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 67.6%. They had 1 attempt on the power play in this contest but were not able to net one. Their Fenwick rate was 57.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 44 and the Sharks having racked up a 33 Fenwick. The Ducks converted 2 goals of the 28 shots on goal they attempted. Anaheim wrapped up this game with a 57.3% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Anaheim had and you might say they will look for a better outcome in their next outing.
During this campaign, the Anaheim Ducks have earned 31 goals, 15 points, and a points percentage of .469. They have allowed 41 goals to be scored by of a combination of 35 goals at even strength and 6 goals while they were shorthanded. The Ducks are sitting with 28 goals at even strength and 3 goals (30th in the league) while having a power play advantage. They have a total of 35 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 8.57%. Anaheim has put up 430 shots (17th in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 7.21%, while allowing their opponents 470 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 85.37% on their opponents 41 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 91.3%.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see John Gibson in net. His opposition is averaging 2.52 goals per game and he has relinquished 719 goals in total. Gibson's quality start rate is 57.5% and he has accumulated 168 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has made the start in 292 games and has accumulated 17,130 minutes. Gibson has earned a career record of 144-108-36 and has been in goal for 300 contests. He is sitting with 8,088 stops out of 8,807 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .918.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-133)
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