Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction, 1/14/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: NHL Center Ice
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-120) Kings (+100)
Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings host the Minnesota Wild at STAPLES Center on Thursday. The moneyline on this game has the Wild priced at -120 and the Kings are at +100. The total is set at 5.5.
The Wild were on the losing side of the ice with a 5 - 4 defeat to the Canucks in their last contest of last season. The Wild had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the defeat. In the matchup, they netted 4 out of the 29 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 5 power play chances and scored 1 goal out of those opportunities. Minnesota racked up 13 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Wild was 40 and the Corsi against was 55 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 42.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 and the Fenwick against was 36, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 47.1%. They earned 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 51.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.5 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vancouver Canucks tallied a total of 31 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 15 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 4 power play chances.
In goal for Minnesota is Cam Talbot from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and played 1,435 mins minding the net last year. Talbot gave up an average of 2.63 goals per game which had him placed 10th in the West and 21st among goalies in the NHL. He gave up 63 goals. He earned a save % of .919 which had him placed 9th in the West. The Wild scored a total of 218 goals which ranked 6th in the conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential was +1, which was good for 18th in the league. The Wild had a total of 77 pts, which ranked 21st in the league and 10th in the West. In discussing shots on goal, they had a total of 2,077 which ranked 15th in the West and 28th in the league. As a team, Minnesota obtained a total of 1,050 hits which means they averaged 15.2 per game. They had a total of 847 blocks for the season.
The Kings played the Senators in an outing where the Kings ended up with the victory by a tally of 3 - 2 in their last game of last year. Los Angeles had a 51.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 50 and they conceded a Corsi of 47. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 49.3% by earning a Fenwick of 35 and the Senators earning a 36 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Los Angeles had and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. They had a PDO at even strength of 97.9 and their oZS percentage was 53.6%. The Kings netted 3 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play chances in this outing and were able to net 1 out of those attempts. As for their opponent, the Senators had 2 power play chances but didn't tally a goal. Los Angeles allowed 26 shots on goal and the Senators racked up a total of 13 penalty minutes.
In net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who had an average year by allowing 2.79 goals per game and that ranked him 18th in the Western Conference and 35th in the NHL. In the 2,516 minutes he played, he surrendered 117 goals. His save percentage was .904, which had him placed 26th in the Western Conference and 50th in the NHL. in respect to goal differential, they ranked 13th in the conference and 26th in the league with -32. They had a total of 177 goals for the season which had them ranked at 15th in the conference. Los Angeles had a team save % of .899 which had them sitting 27th in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They had a team shooting percentage of 7.6% ranking them 15th in the West.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (-120)
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