St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 4/12/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Monday, April 12, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+120) Wild (-156)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where Kaapo Kahkonen and the Minnesota Wild (24-13-3) will take on the St. Louis Blues (19-16-6) on Monday. The Wild open this matchup at -156 while the Blues are coming in at +120. The total opens at 6.5.
The Blues will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3-2 win over the Wild their last time on the ice. When starting in the offensive zone they were at 53.2% and they had a PDO of 104.2 for this matchup. They tallied 25 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 16 attempts to win the puck. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick against was 23, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 61.7%. The Corsi for the Blues was sitting at 58 and the Corsi against was 37 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 61.1%. St. Louis garnered 8 penalty mins in this game. They also had 3 power play attempts and were able to score 1 goal. The Blues had a middle of the road showing in the win. For the outing, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 30 shots they attempted.
In reference to their scoring, the St. Louis Blues have racked up 117 goals (15th in the NHL) for the year and have allowed 126. For the season, they have earned 44 points and their points percentage comes in at .537. St. Louis has accounted for 119 power play opportunities and they have tallied 22 goals during those chances, giving them a rate of 18.49%. At even strength, the Blues have allowed the opponent to score 95 goals while earning 95 themselves. St. Louis has attempted 1,228 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.5%. The Blues have had 1,227 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .897. St. Louis Blues opponents have totaled 130 power play opportunities (6th in the NHL) and have scored 31 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Jordan Binnington. Throughout his time in hockey, Binnington has 65 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .596. He has a save percentage of .915 for his 6,559 minutes played. Binnington has had 3,089 shots taken against him and he has 2,827 saves. The opposition has racked up 262 goals against Binnington in his professional career and his goals against average is 2.40. He has compiled an overall mark of 66-29-13 and he was named the starter in 109 games. Binnington has taken the ice for 113 games throughout his hockey career.
In their loss to St. Louis, the Wild's PDO at even strength was 96 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 46.8%. They had 2 power play chances in this contest and recorded 1 out of those chances. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 38.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 23 and the Blues ending the game with a 37 Fenwick. The Wild scored 2 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they attempted. Minnesota went home with a 38.9% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Minnesota played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game.
On the year, the Minnesota Wild have notched a total of 118 goals, 51 points, and a points percentage of .638. They have allowed 108 goals to be scored by of a combination of 87 goals at even strength and 21 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Wild have earned 99 goals at even strength and 19 goals (27th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have recorded 126 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 15.08%. Minnesota has taken 1,151 shots (25th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 10.25%, while allowing the opposition 1,238 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 83.97% on their oppositions 131 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 91.3%.
Across the ice you will find Kaapo Kahkonen patrolling the crease. Teams are averaging 2.75 goals per game and he has surrendered 65 goals altogether. Kahkonen's quality start rate comes out to 52.2% and he has earned 12 quality starts in his NHL career. He has made the start in 23 contests and has been on the ice for 1,417 mins. Kahkonen is sitting with a lifetime mark of 15-8-1 and has participated in 24 games. He has accrued 658 stops out of 723 shots attempted, giving him a save % of .910.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis (+120)
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