Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 5/20/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-115) Wild (-105)
Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (35-16-5) host the Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2) at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday in Game 3 of their series. The series is tied 1-1. The Golden Knights open this matchup at -115 while the Wild are priced at -105. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Golden Knights were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-1 victory over the Wild in Game 2. The Golden Knights had a middle of the road offensive performance in the victory. For the game, they were able to notch a goal on 3 of the 28 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal. Vegas accumulated 6 mins in the box in this outing. The Corsi for the Golden Knights came in at 55 and the Corsi against was 63 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 46.6%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against was 43, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 43.4%. They tallied 34 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to win the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 54.3% and they had a PDO of 104.9 in this game.
When discussing their scoring, the Vegas Golden Knights have accumulated 190 goals (3rd in the league) for the year and have conceded 122. For the current campaign, they have recorded 82 points and their points percentage is .732. Vegas is sitting with 174 power play chances and they have notched 31 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 17.82%. While playing at even strength, the Golden Knights have surrendered 103 goals while getting 159 of their own. Vegas has attempted 1,829 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.4%. The Golden Knights have had 1,527 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .920. Vegas Golden Knights opponents have 144 power play opportunities (27th in pro hockey) and have a total of 19 goals in those chances.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Marc-Andre Fleury. Over the course of his time in hockey, Fleury has accounted for 403 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .554. His save percentage is at .913 for his 51,104 mins between the pipes. Fleury has had 24,996 shots against him and has amassed 22,827 saves. The opposition has been able to score 2,169 goals versus Fleury in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.55. He has accumulated an overall mark of 492-276-82 and he started in 727 games. Fleury has participated in 883 games over the course of his hockey career.
In their Game 2 loss, Minnesota had 1 power play attempt in this matchup but weren't able to notch a goal. The Wild earned 1 goal of the 35 shots on goal they took. Their PDO at even strength was 95 and their oZS percentage was 45.7%. Minnesota earned a 53.4% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Minnesota had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 56.6% by tallying a Fenwick of 43 and the Golden Knights ending the game with a 33 Fenwick at even strength.
The Wild have earned 151 goals at even strength and 29 goals (21st in the league) while having more men on the ice. Minnesota has taken 1,585 shots (28th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.36%, while allowing the other team 1,705 shots. So far this season, the Minnesota Wild have accumulated 180 goals, 75 points, and a points percentage of .670. They have earned 165 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 17.58%. They have a penalty kill rate of 80.75% on their oppositions 161 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 90.7%. They have allowed 159 goals to be scored by way of 128 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Cam Talbot protecting the goal. Talbot is the owner of a career record of 169-130-30 and has participated in 347 games. Talbot's quality start rate comes out to 52.6% and he has qualified for 175 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has gathered 9,321 stops out of 10,184 shots attempted, giving him a rate of .915. His opponents are averaging 2.61 goals/game and he has conceded 863 goals altogether. He has made the start in 333 contests and has racked up 19,855 minutes.
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Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (-105) and under 5.5 goals
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