Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 2/4/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+145) Avalanche (-175)
Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche (7-3-1) host the Minnesota Wild (6-5-0) at Ball Arena on Thursday. The Avalanche open this matchup at -175 while the Wild are priced at +145. The O/U is set at 6.5.
The Wild will look to clean up some issues after taking a 2 - 1 loss against the Avalanche in their last contest. The Wild didn't have their best offensive outing in the loss. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 1 out of the 28 shots they tried. They also had 3 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those tries. Minnesota ended up with a total of 11 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Wild was 38 and the Corsi against at even strength was 55 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 40.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 29 while the Fenwick against sat at 34, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 46.0%. They took 18 face-off wins at even strength and lost 27 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 36.0% and they had a PDO of 92.0 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Colorado Avalanche earned a total of 31 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 11 minutes in the box and they had 3 power play opportunities.
Minnesota Wild opponents have totaled 44 power play opportunities (4th in pro hockey) and have tallied 6 goals in those chances. The Wild have had 328 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .909. Minnesota has taken 337 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.9%. When playing at even strength, the Wild have surrendered 24 goals while having 26 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota skates onto the rink with 42 power play chances and they have added 3 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 7.14%. For the season, they have tallied 12 points and their points percentage is .545. When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Minnesota Wild have notched 30 goals (10th in the league) on the year and have allowed 30.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Kaapo Kahkonen. Kahkonen has been involved in 11 games during his hockey career. He has accumulated an overall record of 6-4-1 and he has started in 10 games. The opposition has notched 31 goals versus Kahkonen in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.91. Kahkonen has seen 337 shots against him and has gathered 306 saves. His save percentage currently sits at .908 for his 639 minutes guarding the cage. Over the course of his time in hockey, Kahkonen is sitting with 6 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .600.
In their win over Minnesota, Colorado went home with a 59.1% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 55 while they surrendered a Corsi of 38. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 54.0% by notching a Fenwick of 34 and the Wild ending the game with a 29 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Colorado had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 108.0 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 64.0%. The Avalanche netted 2 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to score a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Wild had 3 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Colorado allowed 28 shots on goal and the Wild ended up with 11 penalty minutes.
For the year, the Colorado Avalanche have accumulated 38 goals, 15 points, in addition to a points percentage of .682. They have granted a total of 24 goals to be scored by way of 20 goals at even strength and 4 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Avalanche have accumulated 23 goals at even strength and 14 goals (1st in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have earned 52 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 26.92%. Colorado has attempted 349 shots (3rd in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.89%, while allowing the opposition 290 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 89.74% on their oppositions 39 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is 10.9%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Philipp Grubauer in goal. He has recorded 4,586 saves out of 4,981 shots tried, giving him a save percentage of .921. Grubauer has a career record of 86-54-20 and has been in net for 183 games. He has started in 157 contests and his ice time sits at 9,890 minutes. Grubauer's rate of quality starts comes out to 58.6% and he has accumulated 92 quality starts in his NHL career. Opponents are averaging 2.40 goals per game and he has surrendered 395 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (+145)
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