Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction, 10/16/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-140) Kings (+127)
Cal Petersen and the Los Angeles Kings host the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center on Saturday. The Wild open this matchup at -140 while the Kings are coming in at +127. The total opens at 5.5.
The Wild will look to clean up some issues after taking a 6-2 defeat to the Golden Knights in their last contest. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 86.5 in this game. They amassed 19 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 36 opportunities to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick was 25 and the Fenwick Against sat at 49, meaning the had a Fenwick percentage of 33.8%. The Corsi for the Wild came in at 40 and the Corsi against was at 65 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 38.1%. Minnesota tallied 10 penalty mins in this outing. Additionally, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice and scored 1 goal. The Wild left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the loss. For the outing, they scored on 2 of the 20 shots they put on net.
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Minnesota Wild opponents had 161 power play tries (18th in hockey) and tallied 31 goals in those chances. The Wild had 1,705 shots taken against them and were the owners of a save percentage of .907. Minnesota tried 1,585 shots and had a shot percentage of 11.4%. When playing at even strength, the Wild let the opposition score 128 goals while notching 151. Minnesota had 165 power play chances and scored 29 goals during those chances, giving them a rate of 17.58%. For the prior season, they recorded 75 points and their points % was .670. In reference to scoring goals, the Minnesota Wild accumulated 180 goals (9th in the league) for the prior year and gave up 159.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Kaapo Kahkonen. The opposition has scored 83 goals versus Kahkonen in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.90. Kahkonen has taken the ice for 29 matchups over the course of his hockey career. His save percentage is at .904 during his 1,718 mins guarding the cage. He has earned an overall record of 19-9-1 and got the start in 28 games. In his career, Kahkonen has 13 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .464. Kahkonen has seen 864 shots against him and has gathered 781 total saves.
When they were on the ice last, Los Angeles faced off against the Golden Knights in a game where the Kings earned a win by a final of 6-2. Los Angeles earned a 65.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Los Angeles had and they looked good in this game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 65.9% by tallying a Fenwick of 58 and the Golden Knights having earned a 30 Fenwick. They had a PDO of 101 and they had an oZS percentage of 57.9%. The Kings recorded 6 goals out of the 47 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this game and converted 2 goals out of those attempts.
The Kings racked up 110 goals at even strength and 32 goals (17th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. Los Angeles attempted 1,587 shots (27th in the league) and earned a shooting percentage of 8.95%, while allowing their opponent 1,746 shots. During this campaign, the Los Angeles Kings had 142 goals, 49 points, and a points percentage of .438. They had a tally of 169 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 18.93%. They accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 83.65% on the other team's 159 power play opportunities, and their save percentage was at 90.3%. They permitted 169 goals to be scored by way of 143 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are going to see Calvin Petersen defending the net. Petersen has accumulated a career mark of 20-25-6 and has participated in 55 contests. Petersen's rate of quality starts is 54.9% and he has accumulated 28 quality starts in his professional career. He has recorded 1,597 saves out of 1,744 shots tried, giving him a percentage of .916. The opposition is averaging 2.78 goals per contest and he has given up 147 goals in total. He got the starting nod in 51 contests and has accumulated 3,175 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+127)
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