St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 3/25/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+110) Wild (-130)
Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (19-10-1) host the St. Louis Blues (16-11-5) at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Blues priced at +110 and the Wild are at -130. The total is set at 5.5.
The Blues will look for better times on the ice after their 5-1 defeat to the Golden Knights in the last game they played. The Blues could have played much better offensively in the defeat. In the game, they converted 1 of the 16 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 2 opportunities with more players on the ice but weren't able to make the most of them. St. Louis garnered 4 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Blues was sitting at 34 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 53 which means they had a Corsi rate of 39.1%. Their Fenwick was 19 and the Fenwick Against sat at 40, meaning the had a Fenwick percentage of 32.2%. They had a tally of 23 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 25 opportunities to take control of the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 48.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 94.7 in this one.
The Blues have had 956 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .893. While playing at even strength, the Blues have conceded 74 goals while having 77 of their own. St. Louis Blues opponents have totaled 105 power play tries (8th in pro hockey) and have a total of 28 goals in those chances. For the season, they have racked up 37 points and their points percentage is .578. St. Louis has taken 927 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.3%. In relation to their scoring capabilities, the St. Louis Blues have accumulated 95 goals (16th in the NHL) over the course of the season and have given up 102. St. Louis steps onto the ice with 94 power play opportunities and they have scored 18 goals out of those attempts, earning them a rate of 19.15%.
The man in goal for this game is Jordan Binnington. During his career on the ice, Binnington has accounted for 61 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .592. He has a save percentage of .914 in his 6,174 minutes on the ice. Binnington has had 2,903 shot attempts against him and has gathered 2,654 saves. The opposition has been able to score 249 goals against Binnington in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.42. He has amassed a mark of 64-26-12 and he has started in 103 games. Binnington has been involved in 106 contests over the course of his hockey career.
In their last game, Minnesota squared up with the Ducks in a game where the Wild earned a win by a mark of 2-1. Their PDO was 101 and their oZS percentage was 33.3%. They had 3 power play chances in this matchup and tallied 1 out of those tries. Their Fenwick rate was 48.4% by accumulating a Fenwick of 30 and the Ducks ending the game with a 32 Fenwick. The Wild earned 2 goals of the 23 shots on goal they took. Minnesota wrapped up this game with a 43.7% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game.
Minnesota has attempted 898 shots (22nd in the league) and has a shot percentage of 9.91%, while allowing the other team 898 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 85.15% on their opponents 101 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 91.5%. They have a total of 97 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 9.28%. The Wild have scored 80 goals at even strength and 9 goals (30th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 76 goals to be scored by of a combination of 61 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the Minnesota Wild have 89 goals, 39 points, and a points percentage of .650.
For the opposition you are going to see Cam Talbot defending the goal. Teams are averaging 2.60 goals/game and he has yielded 811 goals in total. Talbot's quality start percentage comes out to 52.2% and he has 164 quality starts in his professional career. He has started in 314 games and has played for a total of 18,697 minutes. Talbot has compiled a career mark of 157-127-26 and has been in net for 328 games. He is sitting with 8,778 saves out of the 9,589 shots taken against him, giving him a rate of .915.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (+110)
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