Minnesota Wild vs Arizona Coyotes Prediction, 3/12/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2023
Location: ASU Multi-Purpose Arena in Tempe, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
The Minnesota Wild (37-21-7) are headed to ASU Multi-Purpose Arena on Sunday where they will go up against the Arizona Coyotes (23-32-10).
The Minnesota Wild came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4-2 victory against the Jets their last time on the ice. Minnesota garnered 6 mins in the box in this contest. In addition, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to convert it into a goal. The Wild had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the win. In the matchup, they were able to notch a goal on 4 out of the 23 shots they put on goal.
Minnesota Wild opponents have totaled 203 power play opportunities (15th in hockey) and have come away with 35 goals in those chances. The Wild have seen 1,964 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .915. Minnesota has tried 2,038 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.8%. When at even strength, the Wild have conceded 132 goals while earning 135 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota comes into the game with 200 power play opportunities and they have added 44 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 22.00%. For the current season, they have earned 81 points and their points % is .623. In regard to their scoring capabilities, the Minnesota Wild have accumulated 179 goals (25th in the league) on the year and have allowed 167.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Filip Gustavsson. Over the course of his time in hockey, Gustavsson is sitting with 35 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .686. His save percentage is at .920 during his 3,276 mins in the crease. Gustavsson has seen 1,687 shots taken against him and has recorded 1,552 saves. Opponents have racked up 135 goals versus Gustavsson in his NHL career and his average for goals against per game is 2.47. He has an overall mark of 27-21-7 and he was named the starter in 51 games. Gustavsson has been involved in 57 matchups throughout his NHL career.
In their last outing, Arizona played the Predators in a game where the Coyotes ended up with the win by a final of 4-1. They had 4 power play chances in this game and recorded 1 out of those opportunities. The Coyotes tallied 4 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they took.
The Coyotes have tallied 141 goals at even strength and 37 goals (23rd in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. Arizona has attempted 1,686 shots (32nd in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 10.56%, while allowing the other team 2,322 shots. For the season, the Arizona Coyotes have notched a total of 178 goals, 56 points, and a points percentage of .431. They have granted a total of 227 goals to be scored by of a combination of 166 goals at even strength and 61 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have recorded 195 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 18.97%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 75.10% on their oppositions 245 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 90.2%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Karel Vejmelka defending the net. He has accrued 2,823 stops out of 3,134 shots taken against him, giving him a rate of .901. Vejmelka is sitting with a lifetime mark of 30-51-8 and has played in 95 games. He has made the start in 91 games and has played for a total of 5,294 minutes. Vejmelka's quality start rate sits at 47.3% and he has made 43 quality starts in his pro career. Opponents are averaging 3.52 goals per game and he has yielded 311 goals overall.
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Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota
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