Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 5/12/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-113) Blues (+102)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (24-19-9) play the Minnesota Wild (34-14-5) at Enterprise Center on Wednesday. The Blues open this game at +102 while the Wild are priced at -113. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Wild were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-3 victory over the Ducks in their previous game. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 45.3% and their PDO rating was 100.0 in this one. They had 24 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to gain puck control. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick Against sat at 25, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.5%. The Corsi for the Wild came in at 35 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 38 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 47.9%. Minnesota accumulated 10 penalty minutes in this outing. Moreover, they had 4 power play tries and were able to net 1 goal. The Wild had a solid offensive output and it showed in the win. For the game, they finished 4 of the 25 shots they looked to score on.
Minnesota Wild opponents have 156 power play opportunities (16th in the league) and have earned 28 goals in those chances. The Wild have had 1,651 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .910. Minnesota has tried 1,534 shots and holds a shot percentage of 11.5%. While playing at even strength, the Wild let the opposition score 120 goals while notching 149 of their own. Minnesota has accumulated 156 power play opportunities and they have tallied 28 goals out of those advantages, giving them a rate of 17.95%. For the year, they have earned 73 points and their points percentage comes in at .689. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the Minnesota Wild have accumulated 177 goals (9th in the NHL) this year and have conceded 148.
The man in net for this game is Cam Talbot. Talbot has taken the ice for 346 contests throughout his NHL career. He has compiled a record of 169-129-30 and was named the starter in 332 games. Opponents have scored 859 goals against Talbot in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.60. Talbot has seen 10,157 shot attempts taken against him and has amassed 9,298 saves. His save percentage is at .915 during his 19,795 minutes between the pipes. For his professional hockey career, Talbot has accounted for 175 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .527.
The last time they were on the ice, St. Louis faced the Kings in a game where the Blues got the victory by a final score of 2-1. They had a PDO at even strength of 107 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 39.0%. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Their Fenwick rate was 43.1% by tallying a Fenwick of 25 and the Kings ending the game with a 33 Fenwick. The Blues recorded 2 goals of the 19 shots on goal they attempted. St. Louis went home with a 44.2% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that St. Louis played and you might say they will look for a better outcome in their next outing.
St. Louis has taken 1,568 shots (24th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.95%, while allowing the opposition 1,619 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 76.88% on their opponents 160 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 89.9%. They have earned 146 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 22.60%. The Blues have scored 123 goals at even strength and 33 goals (14th in the league) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 164 goals to be scored by of a combination of 127 goals at even strength and 37 goals while they had less men on the ice. For the year, the St. Louis Blues have accumulated 156 goals, 57 points, and a points percentage of .548.
Across the rink you will find Jordan Binnington defending the net. Binnington has compiled a career mark of 71-32-16 and has been in goal for 124 games. Binnington's rate of quality starts is 57.5% and he has accumulated 69 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has recorded 3,130 saves out of the 3,421 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save % of .915. Teams are averaging 2.42 goals per game and he has yielded 291 goals in total. He has started in 120 games and has been on the ice for 7,225 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-113)
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