Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 3/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Monday, March 8, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-125) Wild (+105)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (13-8-1) will play the Vegas Golden Knights (16-4-1) on Monday. The Golden Knights open this game at -125 while the Wild are coming in at +105. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Golden Knights were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-0 victory over the Sharks in their previous game. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 43.5% and their PDO was 113.3 for this matchup. They accumulated 24 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 18 attempts to control the puck. Their Fenwick was 42 and the Fenwick against was 35, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 54.5%. The Corsi for the Golden Knights sat at 58 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 47 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 55.2%. Vegas accumulated 4 minutes in the box in this matchup. They also had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. The Golden Knights had a solid offensive outing in this victory. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 4 of the 32 shots they put on goal.
The Golden Knights have had 581 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .924. When at even strength, the Golden Knights have conceded 37 goals while scoring 58 on the offensive side of the ice. Vegas Golden Knights opponents have totaled 57 power play opportunities (30th in pro hockey) and have tallied 7 goals in those attempts. For the season, they have tallied 33 points and their points percentage is sitting at .786. Vegas has tried 633 shots and has a shooting percentage of 11.1%. Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Vegas Golden Knights have racked up 70 goals (12th in the National Hockey League) for the season and have surrendered 44. Vegas skates onto the rink with 66 power play chances and they have notched 12 goals during those chances, earning them a rate of 18.18%.
The man in net for this game is Marc-Andre Fleury. Over the course of his pro career, Fleury has tallied 389 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .551. He has a save percentage of .913 in his 49,857 minutes on the ice. Fleury has had 24,422 shot attempts against him and has recorded 22,300 total saves. The opposition has racked up 2,122 goals against Fleury in his NHL career and his goals against average per contest is 2.55. He has compiled a win-loss record of 478-269-82 and he has gotten the start in 706 games. Fleury has participated in 862 games over the course of his NHL career.
When they were on the ice last, Minnesota played the Coyotes in an outing where the Wild took the loss by a mark of 5-2. Their PDO was 90 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 61.2%. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Their Fenwick percentage was 58.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 43 and the Coyotes finishing with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. The Wild had 2 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. Minnesota went home with a 51.0% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Minnesota had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing.
Over the course of the season, the Minnesota Wild have accounted for 69 goals, 27 points, in addition to a points percentage of .614. They have allowed 60 goals to be scored by way of 47 goals at even strength and 13 goals while they were shorthanded. The Wild have earned 64 goals at even strength and 5 goals (31st in the NHL) while on the power play. They have a total of 72 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 6.94%. Minnesota has taken 680 shots (18th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 10.15%, while allowing the opposition 645 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 83.33% on their opponents 78 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.7%.
For the opposition you will find Cam Talbot protecting the goal. Talbot is the owner of a career record of 154-126-26 and has been in goal for 324 games. Talbot's quality start percentage is 51.6% and he has accumulated 160 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has racked up 8,658 stops out of the 9,462 shots taken, which gives him a save percentage of .915. Opponents are averaging 2.61 goals per game and he has relinquished 804 goals altogether. He got the starting nod in 310 games and his ice time sits at 18,457 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-125)
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