Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction, 1/16/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-135) Kings (+110)
Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild head to STAPLES Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Kings. The moneyline on this matchup has the Wild priced at -135 and the Kings are at +110. The total is set at 5.5.
The Wild came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 3 win over the Kings in their previous contest. The Wild played really well in the win. In the game, they converted 4 of the 27 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 6 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Minnesota earned a total of 8 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Wild was 32 and the Corsi against at even strength was 41 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 43.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 22 while the Fenwick against was 37, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 37.3%. They earned 14 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 42.9% and they had a PDO of 117.9 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Los Angeles Kings racked up a total of 34 shots. They finished with a total of 12 penalty mins and they earned 4 power play chances.
The man protecting the goal for Minnesota is Cam Talbot from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and played 1,435 mins protecting the goal last season. Talbot allowed 2.63 GAA which had him ranking 10th among Western Conference goaltenders and 21st in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of the season, he surrendered 63 goals. He earned a save percentage of .919 which had him ranking 9th among Western Conference goaltenders. Minnesota converted a total of 218 goals which was good for 6th in the conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential was +1, putting them at 18th in the league. The Wild had a total of 77 points, which was good for 21st in the league and 10th in the conference. In connection with shots at the opposition, they had a total of 2,077 which was good for 15th in the West and 28th in the league. As a team, Minnesota earned a total of 1,050 hits which means they had an average of 15.2 per contest. They had a total of 847 blocks for the season.
In their loss to Minnesota, Los Angeles earned a 56.2% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 41 while they conceded a Corsi of 32. Their Fenwick percentage was 62.7% by earning a Fenwick of 37 and the Wild finishing with a 22 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Los Angeles played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their PDO at even strength was 82.1 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 56.8%. The Kings notched 3 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this one and netted 1 out of those opportunities. In discussing their opponent, the Wild had 6 power play attempts but were not able to notch a goal. Los Angeles conceded 27 shots on goal and the Wild racked up 8 penalty minutes.
In goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who had a marginal campaign by surrendering 2.79 goals against average and that ranked him 18th in the Western Conference and 35th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,516 mins he played, he allowed 117 goals. He had a save % of .904, which had him placed 26th in the Western Conference and 50th among goaltenders in the NHL. In connection with goal differential, the Kings ranked 13th in the West and 26th in the league with -32. They compiled a total of 177 goals for the year which ranked 15th in the conference. Los Angeles had a team save % of .899 which had them sitting 27th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They had a team shooting percentage of 7.6% ranking them 15th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+110)
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