Boston Bruins vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 3/18/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-118) Wild (+100)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where the Minnesota Wild (39-21-8) will go up against the Boston Bruins (51-11-5) on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has the Bruins at -118 and the Wild are sitting at +100. The over/under has been set at 7.
The Boston Bruins came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 3-0 win against the Jets their last time out. The Bruins played like an average offensive team in the win. In the game, they scored on 3 out of the 24 shots they put on net. They also had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Boston had 10 penalty minutes for this contest.
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When at even strength, the Bruins have given up 113 goals while having 199 on the offensive side of the ice. Boston Bruins opponents have totaled 223 power play opportunities (9th in pro hockey) and have racked up 32 goals in those chances. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the Boston Bruins have accounted for 249 goals (2nd in pro hockey) so far this season and have surrendered 145. Boston has taken 2,207 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 11.3%. For the current season, they have tallied 107 points and their points percentage sits at .799. The Bruins have had 1,983 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .927. Boston steps onto the ice with 225 power play opportunities and they have tallied 50 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 22.22%.
The man in net for this game is Linus Ullmark. In his professional hockey career, Ullmark has 118 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .618. His save percentage currently is at .918 in his 11,415 minutes played. Ullmark has had 5,886 shots against him and has recorded 5,403 saves. Opponents have tallied 483 goals against Ullmark in his professional career and his goals against average is 2.54. He has earned a record of 109-62-16 and he has gotten the start in 191 games. Ullmark has played in 199 matchups throughout his NHL career.
In their last game, Minnesota went up against the Blues in an outing where the Wild earned a win by a tally of 8-5. The Wild recorded 8 goals of the 35 shots on goal they took. They had 4 chances on the power play in this one and tallied 2 out of those attempts.
This season, the Minnesota Wild have earned a total of 196 goals, 86 points, and a points percentage of .632. They have permitted 179 goals to be scored by of a combination of 138 goals at even strength and 41 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Wild have earned 148 goals at even strength and 48 goals (15th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have a total of 212 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 22.64%. Minnesota has attempted 2,136 shots (18th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.18%, while allowing their opponents 2,060 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 80.93% on their opponents 215 power play chances, and their save percentage is 91.3%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Filip Gustavsson in net. He has compiled 1,570 saves out of the 1,710 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .918. Gustavsson has earned a lifetime record of 27-21-8 and has participated in 58 games. He has made the start in 52 contests and has played 3,340 minutes. Gustavsson's rate of quality starts comes out to 67.3% and he has 35 quality starts in his pro career. His opponents are averaging 2.51 goals per contest and he has allowed 140 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-118)
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