Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 2/2/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+145) Avalanche (-175)
Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche (6-3-1) host the Minnesota Wild (6-4-0) at Ball Arena on Tuesday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Wild coming in at +145 and the Avalanche are at -175. The total opens at 6.5.
The Wild were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory against the Avalanche the last time they stepped on the ice. The Wild had a impressive offensive performance in the victory. In the game, they scored on 4 of the 33 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Minnesota racked up a total of 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Wild was 38 and the Corsi against was 44 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 46.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 and the Fenwick against was 34, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They earned 27 face-off wins at even strength and lost 23 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 48.6% and they had a PDO of 100.5 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Colorado Avalanche earned 25 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 4 power play opportunities.
The Wild have had 297 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .906. While at even strength, the Wild have conceded 22 goals while having 26 themselves. Minnesota Wild opponents have recorded 41 power play tries (3rd in hockey) and have a total of 6 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have recorded 12 points and their points percentage is .600. Minnesota has taken 309 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.4%. When discussing their scoring capabilities, the Minnesota Wild have tallied 29 goals (9th in the league) on the year and have allowed 28. Minnesota is sitting with 39 power play chances and they have added 2 goals out of those chances, garnering them a percentage of 5.13%.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Cam Talbot. The opposition has been able to score 11 goals versus Talbot in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.49. Talbot has been in net for 5 games during his hockey career. His save percentage currently sits at .916 during his 266 minutes in the crease. He has a mark of 3-1-0 and he was named the starter in 5 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Talbot has accumulated 4 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .800. Talbot has had 131 shot attempts against him and he has 120 saves.
The Avalanche opposed the Wild in a matchup where the Avalanche ended up taking the loss by a score of 4 - 3. Colorado went home with a 53.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 44 while they gave up a Corsi of 38. Their Fenwick rate was 50.0% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Wild finishing with a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Colorado played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. Their PDO was 99.5 and their oZS percentage was 51.4%. The Avalanche netted 3 goals out of the 25 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Wild had 3 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Colorado gave way to 33 shots on goal and the Wild racked up a total of 8 minutes in the box.
The Avalanche have accumulated 21 goals at even strength and 14 goals (1st in the league) while on the power play. Colorado has taken 318 shots (4th in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 11.32%, while allowing the opposition 262 shots. On the campaign, the Colorado Avalanche have accounted for 36 goals, 13 points, in addition to a points percentage of .650. They have a total of 49 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 28.57%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 91.67% on their opponents 36 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 11.3%. They have permitted 23 goals to be scored by way of 20 goals at even strength and 3 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are going to see Philipp Grubauer patrolling the crease. He has tallied 187 saves out of the 201 shots tried, giving him a percentage of .930. Grubauer is sitting with a career record of 6-2-0 and has played in 8 games. He has started in 8 games and has accumulated 479 mins. Grubauer's rate of quality starts sits at 62.5% and he has made 5 quality starts in his career. Opponents are averaging 1.75 goals per contest and he has given up 14 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Colorado (-175)
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