St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 4/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+120) Wild (-140)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (21-19-6) are headed to Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Minnesota Wild (31-13-3). The Blues open this contest at +120 while the Wild are coming in at -140. The total opens at 5.5.
The Blues came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4-1 victory over the Avalanche their last time on the ice. The Corsi for the Blues sat at 28 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 60 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 31.8%. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 39.1% and their PDO rating was 115.8 for this matchup. St. Louis earned 4 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Blues had a impressive offensive performance in the win. Their Fenwick was 25 and the Fenwick against was 39, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 39.1%. They earned 22 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 20 attempts to gain puck control. Moreover, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice and notched 1 goal. In the outing, they scored on 4 of the 20 shots they put on net.
The Blues have had 1,376 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .898. While at even strength, the Blues have surrendered 104 goals while having 105 as an offensive unit. St. Louis Blues opponents have recorded 150 power play opportunities (9th in hockey) and have notched 37 goals in those chances. For the year, they have racked up 48 points and their points percentage is sitting at .522. St. Louis has tried 1,361 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.8%. In reference to their scoring, the St. Louis Blues have earned 133 goals (17th in the NHL) over the course of the season and have given up 141. St. Louis has 135 power play chances and they have scored 28 goals out of those chances, giving them a percentage of 20.74%.
The player in the crease for this game is Jordan Binnington. Binnington has been in goal for 118 contests during his NHL career. He has amassed an overall mark of 68-32-13 and he has gotten the start in 114 games. The opposition has been able to score 276 goals against Binnington in his professional hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.42. Binnington has had 3,237 shots taken against him and has amassed 2,961 saves. He has a save percentage of .915 for his 6,853 mins played. For his career, Binnington is sitting with 66 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .579.
When they took the ice last, Minnesota faced off against the Sharks in a game where the Wild got the victory by a score of 6-3. Minnesota earned a 49.5% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota played and they looked good in this game. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 44.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Sharks finishing with a 38 Fenwick. Their PDO was 109 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 62.5%. The Wild recorded 6 goals of the 26 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this contest and earned 1 out of those chances.
The Wild have earned 123 goals at even strength and 27 goals (19th in hockey) while on the power play. Minnesota has attempted 1,316 shots (29th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 11.40%, while allowing the other team 1,454 shots. So far this year, the Minnesota Wild have earned a total of 150 goals, 65 points, in addition to a points percentage of .691. They have a tally of 145 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 18.62%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 84.03% on their oppositions 144 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is 91.6%. They have granted a total of 122 goals to be scored by of a combination of 99 goals at even strength and 23 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you are likely to see Cam Talbot protecting the net. He has accounted for 9,177 stops out of the 10,016 shots attempted against him, which gives him a rate of .916. Talbot has earned a career record of 167-128-28 and has been in net for 341 games. He has started in 327 games and has played for a total of 19,489 minutes. Talbot's rate of quality starts is 53.2% and he has 174 quality starts in his professional career. Opponents are averaging 2.58 goals/game and he has yielded 839 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (-140)
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