Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 5/13/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-145) Blues (+125)
Kaapo Kahkonen and the Minnesota Wild (34-14-5) are headed to Enterprise Center on Thursday where they'll meet the St. Louis Blues (24-19-9). The line on this contest has the Wild coming in at -145 and the Blues are at +125. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Wild were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-3 win over the Ducks in their previous game. The Wild had a solid offensive output in the win. In the matchup, they earned a goal on 4 out of the 25 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 4 chances with the advantage and were able to notch 1 goal. Minnesota tallied 10 penalty mins in this contest. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 35 and the Corsi against was 38 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 47.9%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick Against sat at 25, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 54.5%. They had 24 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to win the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 45.3% and their PDO rating was 100.0 for this one.
In reference to scoring goals, the Minnesota Wild have racked up 177 goals (9th in the league) this year and have surrendered 148. For the year, the have a total of 73 points and their points percentage is sitting at .689. Minnesota has accounted for 156 power play opportunities and they have notched 28 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 17.95%. At even strength, the Wild let the opposition score 120 goals while having 149 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota has attempted 1,534 shots and has a shooting percentage of 11.5%. The Wild have had 1,651 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .910. Minnesota Wild opponents have 156 power play opportunities (16th in pro hockey) and have a total of 28 goals in those attempts.
The player between the pipes for this game is Kaapo Kahkonen. Opponents have been able to score 76 goals against Kahkonen in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.75. Kahkonen has taken the ice for 28 contests over the course of his NHL career. His save percentage currently is .909 for his 1,658 mins in the crease. He has accumulated an overall record of 19-8-1 and he has gotten the start in 27 games. During his career on the ice, Kahkonen has compiled 13 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .481. Kahkonen has had 837 shots against him and has accrued 761 saves.
In their last game, St. Louis went up against the Kings in a game where the Blues earned a victory by a mark of 2-1. They had 2 power play attempts in this contest but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Blues scored 2 goals out of the 19 shots on goal they were seeking. Their PDO at even strength was 107 and their oZS percentage was 39.0%. St. Louis earned a 44.8% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that St. Louis played and you might say they will look for a better outcome in their next outing. Their Fenwick rate was 43.1% with a Fenwick of 25 and the Kings having earned a 33 Fenwick.
The Blues have 123 goals at even strength and 33 goals (14th in the NHL) while on the power play. St. Louis has taken 1,568 shots (24th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.95%, while allowing their opponents 1,619 shots. For the year, the St. Louis Blues have accumulated 156 goals, 57 points, as well as a points percentage of .548. They have earned 146 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 22.60%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 76.88% on their oppositions 160 power play chances, and their save percentage is currently 89.9%. They have allowed 164 goals to be scored by way of 127 goals at even strength and 37 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you are likely to see Ville Husso defending the net. His opposition is averaging 3.43 goals per game and he has surrendered 49 goals in total. Husso's quality start rate comes out to 42.9% and he has qualified for 6 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He was named a starter in 14 games and has played for a total of 857 mins. Husso has accrued a lifetime record of 8-6-1 and has been in goal for 16 contests. He has accrued 380 stops out of the 429 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .886.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (-145)
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