Minnesota Wild vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 4/2/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+130) Hurricanes (-154)
PNC Arena is the location where the Carolina Hurricanes (45-15-8) will play the Minnesota Wild (41-20-5) on Saturday. The odds on this game have Minnesota at +130 and Carolina is opening at -154. The over/under is set at 6.
The Minnesota Wild will look for better times on the ice after their 4-3 defeat against the Penguins their last time out. The Wild offense didn't overly impress in the loss. For the game, they converted 3 out of the 31 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal. Minnesota had 8 penalty minutes in this contest.
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In terms of scoring goals, the Minnesota Wild have accounted for 239 goals (4th in the league) this season and have allowed 203. For the current season, they have tallied 87 points and their points percentage sits at .659. Minnesota has accumulated 199 power play opportunities and they have scored 41 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 20.60%. When playing at even strength, the Wild let the opposition score 152 goals while having 198 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota has attempted 2,165 shots and holds a shot percentage of 11.0%. The Wild have had 2,104 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .904. Minnesota Wild opponents have recorded 215 power play opportunities (4th in the league) and have racked up 51 goals in those attempts.
The player between the pipes for this game is Cam Talbot. The opposition has racked up 978 goals against Talbot in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per contest is 2.63. Talbot has taken the ice for 389 games during his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .915 in his 22,297 mins in the crease. He has a record of 196-142-32 and he has started in 374 games. Over the course of his career, Talbot has earned 199 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .532. Talbot has seen 11,477 shots against him and has accrued 10,499 saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Carolina went up against the Canadiens in an outing where the Hurricanes ended up with the win by a tally of 4-0. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this one and recorded 1 goal out of those tries. The Hurricanes converted 4 goals of the 44 shots on goal they tried.
So far this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have tallied 228 goals, 98 points, as well as a points percentage of .721. They have granted a total of 159 goals to be scored by of a combination of 132 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they were shorthanded. The Hurricanes have 180 goals at even strength and 48 goals (8th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have a total of 198 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 24.24%. Carolina has taken 2,294 shots (9th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.94%, while allowing their opponents 1,956 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 88.46% on the other teams 234 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 91.9%.
For the opposition you are going to see Frederik Andersen in the crease. He is sitting with 11,964 stops out of the 13,052 shots tried, which gives him a save % of .917. Andersen has compiled a lifetime mark of 259-110-51 and has played in 439 games. He has made the start in 426 games and has played for a total of 25,323 minutes. Andersen's percentage of quality starts is 57.5% and he has 245 quality starts in his career. Teams are averaging 2.58 goals per game and he has given up 1,088 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina (-154)
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