Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction, 2/20/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
The Minnesota Wild (30-13-3) are on their way to Rogers Place on Sunday where they will go up against the Edmonton Oilers (27-18-3).
The Minnesota Wild will need a bounce back game after taking a 6-2 defeat against the Panthers in their last outing. Minnesota earned 10 penalty minutes in this contest. The Wild had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the loss. They also had 5 power play opportunities and were able to net 2 goals. In the game, they were able to notch a goal on 2 of the 26 shots they tried.
Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Minnesota Wild have notched 172 goals (3rd in the NHL) so far this year and have conceded 137. For the season, they sit with 63 points and their points percentage is .685. Minnesota has accumulated 143 power play chances and they have notched 30 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 20.98%. While playing at even strength, the Wild have conceded 105 goals while earning 142 on offense. Minnesota has attempted 1,497 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 11.5%. The Wild have had 1,500 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .909. Minnesota Wild opponents have tallied 156 power play opportunities (5th in hockey) and have notched 32 goals in those chances.
The man in net for this game is Cam Talbot. Talbot has been in goal for 377 games over the course of his NHL career. He has earned an overall record of 188-140-31 and got the start in 363 games. Opponents have racked up 948 goals against Talbot in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per contest is 2.63. Talbot has had 11,139 shots taken against him and has garnered 10,191 saves. His save percentage currently is at .915 during his 21,610 minutes on the ice. In his career, Talbot has compiled 193 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .532.
When they took the ice last, Edmonton played the Ducks in a matchup where the Oilers notched a victory by a tally of 7-3. They had 4 chances on the power play in this contest and earned 1 goal out of those chances. The Oilers notched 7 goals of the 41 shots on goal they were seeking.
Edmonton has attempted 1,615 shots (10th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.78%, while allowing their opponents 1,536 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 77.08% on the other teams 144 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.1%. They have recorded 137 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 26.28%. The Oilers have tallied 122 goals at even strength and 36 goals (7th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. They have granted a total of 152 goals to be scored by of a combination of 119 goals at even strength and 33 goals while they were shorthanded. This season, the Edmonton Oilers have earned a total of 158 goals, 57 points, as well as a points percentage of .594.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Mike Smith protecting the goal. Smith holds a career mark of 288-258-77 and has participated in 653 games. Smith's quality start rate sits at 53.0% and he has made 324 quality starts in his career. He has tallied 17,398 saves out of the 19,079 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .912. His opposition is averaging 2.70 goals per game and he has given up 1,681 goals overall. He has been a starter 611 contests and has been on the ice for 37,315 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Tony's Pick: Take Edmonton
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