Ottawa Senators vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 11/2/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ottawa Senators vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Senators (+165) Wild (-205)
Matt Murray and the Ottawa Senators go to Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild. The Wild open this contest at -205 while the Senators are priced at +165. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Senators will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4-1 victory against the Stars the last time they stepped on the ice. Their offensive zone starts sat at 36.6% and their PDO was 113.6 for this one. They accounted for 23 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 31 opportunities to win the puck. Their Fenwick was 27 and the Fenwick Against sat at 48, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 36.0%. The Corsi for the Senators was 35 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 63 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 35.7%. Ottawa accounted for 6 penalty mins in this outing. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal. The Senators had a impressive offensive performance in this victory. In the game, they netted 4 out of the 24 shots they put on goal.
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With regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Ottawa Senators have notched 19 goals (26th in the National Hockey League) on the campaign and have conceded 20. For the current season, they have racked up 6 points and their points percentage is .429. Ottawa has compiled 22 power play opportunities and they have added 6 goals during those chances, garnering them a rate of 27.27%. When at even strength, the Senators let the opposition score 15 goals while notching 13 themselves. Ottawa has taken 204 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.3%. The Senators have had 231 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .913. Ottawa Senators opponents have earned 20 power play opportunities (29th in the league) and have tallied 5 goals in those chances.
The player between the pipes for this game is Matt Murray. Murray has been involved in 228 contests throughout his hockey career. He has compiled an overall mark of 127-67-20 and he has gotten the start in 220 games. The opposition has racked up 587 goals versus Murray in his professional hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.73. Murray has seen 6,662 shot attempts against him and has recorded 6,075 total saves. His save percentage is .912 during his 12,882 mins played. Over the course of his pro career, Murray has earned 116 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .527.
When they took the ice last, Minnesota opposed the Avalanche in a game where the Wild went home in defeat by a mark of 4-1. Minnesota had a 53.0% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 52.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 35 and the Avalanche having racked up a 32 Fenwick. Their PDO at even strength was 88 and they had an oZS percentage of 47.2%. The Wild had 1 goal of the 30 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play chances in this contest and earned 1 goal out of those chances.
Minnesota has tried 279 shots (7th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 7.89%, while allowing the other team 236 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 73.53% on their opponents 34 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 89.0%. They have a total of 26 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 19.23%. The Wild have racked up 17 goals at even strength and 5 goals (18th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 26 goals to be scored by of a combination of 17 goals at even strength and 9 goals while they were shorthanded. For the year, the Minnesota Wild have tallied 22 goals, 10 points, as well as a points percentage of .625.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Cam Talbot in the crease. Talbot is the owner of a career record of 174-132-30 and has been in net for 354 games. Talbot's rate of quality starts is 52.6% and he has 179 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He is sitting with 9,507 stops out of 10,388 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of .915. Opponents are averaging 2.61 goals per game and he has surrendered 881 goals altogether. He has been a starter 340 contests and has played 20,279 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Ottawa (+165)
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