Minnesota Wild vs Ottawa Senators Prediction, 2/22/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-182) Senators (+150)
The Minnesota Wild (31-13-3) are hitting the road to Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday where they will try to beat the Ottawa Senators (18-26-5). The moneyline on this matchup has the Wild at -182 and the Senators open at +150. The total has been set at 6.
The Minnesota Wild went home feeling good about their game by earning a 7-3 win against the Oilers in their previous game. The Wild had a solid offensive output and it showed in this win. In the outing, they tallied a score on 7 of the 22 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts and scored 1 goal. Minnesota amassed 16 penalty minutes for this matchup.
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When it comes to their goal scoring prowess, the Minnesota Wild have notched 179 goals (3rd in the NHL) over the course of the season and have given up 140. For the current campaign, they have recorded 65 points and their points % is .691. Minnesota has accumulated 146 power play chances and they have added 31 goals during those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 21.23%. When at even strength, the Wild have surrendered 107 goals while earning 148 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota has tried 1,519 shots and has a shooting percentage of 11.8%. The Wild have had 1,534 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .909. Minnesota Wild opponents have 158 power play opportunities (6th in the NHL) and have racked up 33 goals in those attempts.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Cam Talbot. In his professional hockey career, Talbot has 193 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .532. His save percentage currently is at .915 for his 21,610 minutes between the pipes. Talbot has had 11,140 shots against him and he has 10,192 total saves. Opponents have scored 948 goals against Talbot in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.63. He has an overall mark of 188-140-31 and got the start in 363 games. Talbot has taken the ice for 377 games over the course of his professional hockey career.
In their last outing, Ottawa went up against the Rangers in a matchup where the Senators took a loss by a final of 2-1. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. The Senators scored 1 goal of the 30 shots on goal they were seeking.
Ottawa has put up 1,465 shots (27th in professional hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.81%, while allowing their opponents 1,652 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 80.54% on their opponents 149 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.6%. They have recorded 147 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 16.33%. The Senators have racked up 105 goals at even strength and 24 goals (25th in hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have permitted 155 goals to be scored by way of 126 goals at even strength and 29 goals while they were shorthanded. This season, the Ottawa Senators have earned 129 goals, 41 points, in addition to a points percentage of .418.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Matt Murray protecting the goal. The opposition is averaging 2.74 goals per game and he has conceded 629 goals in total. Murray's quality start rate sits at 52.8% and he has qualified for 124 quality starts in his career. He got the starting nod in 235 games and has played 13,775 minutes. Murray has amassed a career record of 132-75-22 and has been in goal for 243 contests. He is sitting with 6,541 stops out of 7,170 shots tried, giving him a rate of .912.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-182)
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