Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 4/3/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals
Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+115) Capitals (-138)
The Minnesota Wild (41-20-5) are headed to Capital One Arena on Sunday where they will try to beat the Washington Capitals (37-21-10). The moneyline on this game has the Wild at +115 and the Capitals are coming in at -138. The over/under has been set at 6.
The Minnesota Wild were on the losing side of the ice with a 4-3 defeat against the Penguins their last time out. The Wild offense didn't overly impress in the loss. While out there on the ice, they tallied a score on 3 out of the 31 shots they put on net. They also had 4 power play tries and notched 1 goal. Minnesota garnered 8 penalty mins for this matchup.
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In reference to their goal scoring prowess, the Minnesota Wild have racked up 239 goals (4th in the league) this year and have surrendered 203. For the current season, they have accumulated 87 points and their points percentage is sitting at .659. Minnesota has compiled 199 power play chances and they have notched 41 goals during those chances, garnering them a rate of 20.60%. While playing at even strength, the Wild have conceded 152 goals while earning 198 themselves. Minnesota has tried 2,165 shots and has a shooting percentage of 11.0%. The Wild have had 2,104 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .904. Minnesota Wild opponents have tallied 215 power play opportunities (4th in pro hockey) and have come away with 51 goals in those attempts.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Cam Talbot. During his career on the ice, Talbot has tallied 199 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .532. His save percentage currently sits at .915 for his 22,297 minutes between the pipes. Talbot has had 11,477 shots taken against him and has amassed 10,499 saves. Opponents have scored 978 goals versus Talbot in his career and his goals against rate is 2.63. He has earned an overall record of 196-142-32 and he was named the starter in 374 games. Talbot has played in 389 games over the course of his professional hockey career.
Their last time out, Washington faced off against the Hurricanes in an outing where the Capitals ended up taking the loss by a tally of 6-1. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Capitals converted 1 goal out of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking.
During this campaign, the Washington Capitals have earned a total of 220 goals, 84 points, in addition to a points percentage of .618. They have granted a total of 195 goals to be scored by way of 159 goals at even strength and 36 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Capitals are sitting with 180 goals at even strength and 40 goals (19th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have earned 205 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 19.51%. Washington has attempted 2,125 shots (15th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 10.35%, while allowing the other team 1,994 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 80.75% on the other teams 187 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.2%.
Across the ice you will find Vitek Vanecek between the pipes. Vanecek has accumulated a career mark of 38-20-9 and has been in net for 72 games. Vanecek's percentage of quality starts sits at 46.4% and he has qualified for 32 quality starting assignments in his career. He has a tally of 1,803 stops out of the 1,980 shots attempted against him, giving him a save percentage of .911. His opposition is averaging 2.63 goals per contest and he has relinquished 177 goals in total. He has made the start in 69 games and his ice time sits at 4,040 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington (-138)
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