Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, 4/1/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+140) Golden Knights (-167)
T-Mobile Arena is the site where Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (24-8-1) will take on the Minnesota Wild (21-10-2) on Thursday. The Golden Knights open this matchup at -167 while the Wild are priced at +140. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Wild were on the losing side of the ice with a 4-3 loss to the Sharks in their previous contest. The Corsi for the Wild was sitting at 60 and the Corsi against was 72 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 45.5%. When starting in the offensive zone they were at 40.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 103.9 for this matchup. Minnesota recorded 5 mins in the box in this contest. The Wild had an average offensive output in this loss. Their Fenwick came in at 43 and the Fenwick Against sat at 56, giving them a Fenwick rate of 43.4%. They accounted for 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 29 attempts to win the face-off. They also had 1 power play chance but weren't able to make the most of that try. In the game, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 25 shots they tried.
The Wild have had 1,004 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .919. At even strength, the Wild let the opposition score 66 goals while getting 87 on offense. Minnesota Wild opponents have tallied 106 power play opportunities (18th in the NHL) and have come away with 15 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have 44 points and their points percentage is sitting at .667. Minnesota has taken 960 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.1%. In relation to scoring goals, the Minnesota Wild have racked up 97 goals (17th in pro hockey) for the year and have surrendered 81. Minnesota has tallied 103 power play opportunities and they have scored 10 goals out of those advantages, giving them a rate of 9.71%.
The man in goal for this game is Cam Talbot. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Talbot has accumulated 167 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .527. His save percentage is at .916 for his 18,882 minutes between the pipes. Talbot has had 9,695 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 8,879 saves. Opponents have scored 816 goals against Talbot in his professional career and his goals against rate is 2.59. He has accumulated a record of 159-127-27 and he was named the starter in 317 games. Talbot has participated in 331 contests throughout his NHL career.
When they took the ice last, Vegas faced the Kings in an outing where the Golden Knights ended up with the win by a score of 4-1. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game and scored 1 out of those tries. The Golden Knights scored 4 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they took. Their PDO at even strength was 112 and they had an oZS percentage of 33.3%. Vegas wound up with a 48.3% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Vegas had and they showed up in this game. Their Fenwick rate was 46.7% by earning a Fenwick of 28 and the Kings finishing with a 32 Fenwick.
Over the course of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights have earned a total of 108 goals, 49 points, as well as a points percentage of .742. They have allowed 74 goals to be scored by of a combination of 61 goals at even strength and 13 goals while they were shorthanded. The Golden Knights are sitting with 88 goals at even strength and 20 goals (20th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have earned 102 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 19.61%. Vegas has taken 1,012 shots (22nd in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 10.67%, while allowing their opponents 901 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 84.88% on the other teams 86 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 91.8%.
Across the rink you are likely to see Marc-Andre Fleury in the crease. He has recorded 22,527 saves out of 24,674 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .913. Fleury has earned a lifetime mark of 483-273-82 and has participated in 871 games. He has started in 715 games and has been on the ice for 50,385 mins. Fleury's quality start percentage comes out to 55.0% and he has earned 393 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. The opposition is averaging 2.56 goals per contest and he has surrendered 2,147 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (+140)
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