Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 5/26/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-150) Wild (+125)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2) go to Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (35-16-5) in Game 6 of their series. Vegas leads 3-2. The Wild open this game at +125 while the Golden Knights are coming in at -150. The total opens at 5.5.
The Golden Knights had a rough game after their 4-2 defeat against the Wild in Game 5. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 86.7% and they had a PDO of 74.4 in this game. They had a tally of 21 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 25 attempts to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 53 and the Fenwick against was 19, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 73.6%. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was sitting at 72 and the Corsi against was 32 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 69.2%. Vegas compiled 4 mins in the box for this contest. Additionally, they had 2 chances with the advantage and were able to score 1 goal. The Golden Knights didn't have a great showing offensively in the defeat. For the matchup, they converted 2 out of the 40 shots they put on goal.
The Golden Knights have had 1,527 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .920. When playing at even strength, the Golden Knights have allowed 103 goals while earning 159 themselves. Vegas Golden Knights opponents have 144 power play opportunities (27th in pro hockey) and have scored 19 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have recorded 82 points and their points percentage comes in at .732. Vegas has tried 1,829 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.4%. In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Vegas Golden Knights have accumulated 190 goals (3rd in the NHL) this season and have allowed 122. Vegas has accounted for 174 power play chances and they have scored 31 goals out of those advantages, earning them a rate of 17.82%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has participated in 883 games over the course of his hockey career. He has earned an overall record of 492-276-82 and he was named the starter in 727 games. Opponents have scored 2,169 goals versus Fleury in his professional career and his goals against rate is 2.55. Fleury has had 24,996 shots against him and has gathered 22,827 total saves. His save percentage is at .913 during his 51,104 minutes played. Over the course of his career, Fleury has 403 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .554.
In their Game 5 win, Minnesota had a PDO at even strength of 126 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 13.3%. They had 1 power play chance in this contest but were not able to net one. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 26.4% by compiling a Fenwick of 19 and the Golden Knights earning a 53 Fenwick. The Wild converted 4 goals of the 14 shots on goal they took. Minnesota had a 30.8% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Minnesota had and they put on a good performance in this one.
The Wild are sitting with 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. Over the course of the season, the Minnesota Wild have earned a total of 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 accumulated a penalty kill rate of 80.75% on the other teams 161 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 90.7%. They have allowed 159 goals to be scored by of a combination of 128 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Cam Talbot protecting the goal. He has racked up 9,321 stops out of the 10,184 shots attempted against him, giving him a save % of .915. Talbot has earned a lifetime record of 169-130-30 and has been in net for 347 games. He was named a starter in 333 contests and has played 19,855 minutes. Talbot's percentage of quality starts is 52.6% and he has made 175 quality starting assignments in his pro career. Teams are averaging 2.61 goals per contest and he has allowed 863 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vegas (-150)
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