Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction, 4/23/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-162) Kings (+142)
Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (29-13-3) are headed to STAPLES Center on Friday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Kings (17-20-6). The Wild open this contest at -162 while the Kings are priced at +142. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Wild were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4-1 win over the Coyotes the last time they stepped on the ice. The Corsi for the Wild was sitting at 33 and the Corsi against was 60 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 35.5%. When starting in the offensive zone they were at 31.4% and their PDO rating was 118.2 for this game. Minnesota accumulated 2 penalty mins for this contest. The Wild had a good offensive outing in this win. Their Fenwick came in at 29 and the Fenwick against was 44, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 39.7%. They earned 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 attempts to take control of the puck. Furthermore, they had 1 power play try but didn't net one. While out there on the ice, they tallied a score on 4 out of the 23 shots they tried.
In regard to their scoring capabilities, the Minnesota Wild have racked up 140 goals (12th in the league) on the season and have allowed 117. For the current season, they have accumulated 61 points and their points % is .678. Minnesota has tallied 140 power play chances and they have tallied 25 goals during those advantages, earning them a rate of 17.86%. When at even strength, the Wild have surrendered 94 goals while earning 115 on offense. Minnesota has attempted 1,266 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.1%. The Wild have had 1,382 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .915. Minnesota Wild opponents have 141 power play opportunities (9th in the league) and have earned 23 goals in those attempts.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Cam Talbot. Opponents have tallied 837 goals versus Talbot in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.58. Talbot has participated in 340 games over the course of his hockey career. His save percentage sits at .916 during his 19,429 mins in the crease. He has earned a mark of 166-128-28 and he has started in 326 games. For his career, Talbot has 173 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .531. Talbot has seen 9,974 shots taken against him and has recorded 9,137 total saves.
When they took the ice last, Los Angeles played the Ducks in a matchup where the Kings earned a win by a final score of 4-1. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this matchup but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. The Kings scored 4 goals out of the 22 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO at even strength was 114 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 31.6%. Los Angeles earned a 38.4% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Los Angeles played and they showed out in this one. Their Fenwick rate came in at 45.6% by accumulating a Fenwick of 26 and the Ducks ending the game with a 31 Fenwick.
So far this season, the Los Angeles Kings have accounted for 117 goals, 40 points, as well as a points percentage of .465. They have permitted 127 goals to be scored by of a combination of 108 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Kings have tallied 87 goals at even strength and 30 goals (13th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have a tally of 143 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 20.98%. Los Angeles has attempted 1,264 shots (28th in the league) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.26%, while allowing the opposition 1,341 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 84.92% on their opponents 126 tries on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 90.5%.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Calvin Petersen between the pipes. He has recorded 1,320 stops out of 1,433 shots attempted, which gives him a percentage of .921. Petersen has amassed a lifetime record of 18-18-5 and has been in goal for 44 games. He has made the start in 41 games and has been on the ice for 2,560 minutes. Petersen's percentage of quality starts comes out to 58.5% and he has accumulated 24 quality starts in his pro career. Teams are averaging 2.65 goals/game and he has yielded 113 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (-162)
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