Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 5/5/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-125) Wild (+105)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (33-14-4) will take on the Vegas Golden Knights (36-13-2) on Wednesday. The Golden Knights open this game at -125 while the Wild are coming in at +105. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Golden Knights were on the losing side of the ice with a 6-5 loss against the Wild in their previous outing. Their offensive zone starts came in at 51.4% and their PDO rating was 98.2 for this one. They totaled 35 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 23 opportunities to control the puck. Their Fenwick was 41 and the Fenwick against was 40, giving them a Fenwick rate of 50.6%. The Corsi for the Golden Knights came in at 50 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 47 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 51.5%. Vegas compiled 10 mins in the box for this game. Additionally, they had 3 chances on the power play and were able to score 1 goal. The Golden Knights had a impressive offensive output in this loss. In the game, they finished 5 of the 32 shots they attempted.
In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Vegas Golden Knights have accounted for 172 goals (6th in hockey) so far this season and have allowed 114. For the current season, they have 74 points and their points percentage is sitting at .725. Vegas has accounted for 157 power play chances and they have scored 29 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 18.47%. At even strength, the Golden Knights let the opposition score 95 goals while having 143 themselves. Vegas has tried 1,650 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.4%. The Golden Knights have had 1,413 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .919. Vegas Golden Knights opponents have 134 power play opportunities (28th in the league) and have come away with 19 goals in those attempts.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Marc-Andre Fleury. Over the course of his pro career, Fleury has accounted for 399 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .551. He has a save percentage of .913 during his 50,922 minutes guarding the cage. Fleury has had 24,928 shots taken against him and has amassed 22,762 total saves. Opponents have racked up 2,166 goals versus Fleury in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.55. He has a record of 489-276-82 and he has started in 724 games. Fleury has participated in 880 games over the course of his professional hockey career.
In their win over Vegas, the Wild's PDO at even strength was 102 and they earned an oZS percentage of 48.6%. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this contest and netted 1 out of those chances. Their Fenwick rate was 49.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 40 and the Golden Knights finishing with a 41 Fenwick. The Wild earned 6 goals of the 32 shots on goal they took. Minnesota went home with a 48.5% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Minnesota played and we'd say they played well overall.
Minnesota has attempted 1,445 shots (28th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 11.56%, while allowing their opponents 1,570 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 82.24% on their opponents 152 power play tries, and their save percentage is 91.1%. They have a tally of 150 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 18.67%. The Wild have earned 139 goals at even strength and 28 goals (22nd in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have permitted 139 goals to be scored by of a combination of 112 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they were shorthanded. On the season, the Minnesota Wild have earned 167 goals, 70 points, as well as a points percentage of .686.
On the other side of the ice you will find Cam Talbot in goal. Opponents are averaging 2.60 goals per contest and he has yielded 853 goals in total. Talbot's quality start percentage is 51.8% and he has 171 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has started in 330 games and has played 19,671 mins. Talbot has compiled a career mark of 168-129-29 and has participated in 344 games. He has accounted for 9,248 stops out of 10,101 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .916.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (+105)
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