Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 4/9/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-105) Blues (-109)
Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (24-12-2) head to Enterprise Center on Friday where they'll take on the St. Louis Blues (17-16-6). The Blues open this matchup at -109 while the Wild are priced at -105. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Wild were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 8-3 victory over the Avalanche in their last outing. The Wild had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the victory. In the game, they scored on 8 out of the 19 shots they launched. Furthermore, they had 5 power play attempts and scored 4 goals. Minnesota accounted for 24 minutes in the box for this game. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 20 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 42 which means they had a Corsi rate of 32.3%. Their Fenwick came in at 14 and the Fenwick Against sat at 29, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 32.6%. They tallied 23 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 28 attempts to gain puck control. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 22.7% and they had a PDO of 145.5 for this matchup.
Minnesota Wild opponents have totaled 126 power play tries (5th in pro hockey) and have come away with 19 goals in those chances. The Wild have had 1,170 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .918. Minnesota has taken 1,096 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.5%. While playing at even strength, the Wild have surrendered 77 goals while earning 97 when they are on offense. Minnesota has 122 power play opportunities and they have scored 18 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 14.75%. For the current season, they have earned 50 points and their points percentage comes in at .658. In reference to their goal scoring prowess, the Minnesota Wild have earned 115 goals (13th in the NHL) so far this year and have conceded 96.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Cam Talbot. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Talbot is sitting with 169 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .526. He has a save percentage of .916 in his 19,125 mins in the crease. Talbot has had 9,828 shots taken against him and he has 9,001 saves. Opponents have been able to score 827 goals versus Talbot in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.59. He has earned a record of 162-128-27 and got the start in 321 games. Talbot has been involved in 335 contests throughout his hockey career.
In their last outing, St. Louis played the Golden Knights in a matchup where the Blues got the victory by a tally of 3-1. St. Louis earned a 39.8% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that St. Louis played and you might say they looked run of the mill in this one. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 42.9% by accumulating a Fenwick of 42 and the Golden Knights having accrued a 56 Fenwick. They had a PDO at even strength of 107 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 30.3%. The Blues tallied 3 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play opportunity in this outing but weren't able to score a goal.
St. Louis has taken 1,160 shots (15th in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 9.05%, while allowing their opponents 1,172 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 76.19% on their oppositions 126 tries on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 89.5%. They have earned 114 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 17.54%. The Blues have earned 85 goals at even strength and 20 goals (24th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 123 goals to be scored by way of 93 goals at even strength and 30 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the St. Louis Blues have earned a total of 105 goals, 40 points, and a points percentage of .513.
On the other side of the ice you will find Jordan Binnington in the crease. Binnington has compiled a career mark of 65-29-13 and has participated in 112 games. Binnington's quality start percentage is 59.3% and he has earned 64 quality starts in his NHL career. He has accrued 2,803 stops out of the 3,064 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .915. Teams are averaging 2.41 goals per contest and he has surrendered 261 goals in total. He has started in 108 games and his ice time sits at 6,499 minutes.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take St. Louis (-109) and under 5.5 goals
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