Minnesota Wild vs Dallas Stars Prediction, 2/8/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Dallas Stars
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+105) Stars (-125)
The Dallas Stars (29-13-10) are hosting the Minnesota Wild (27-18-4) at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. The moneyline on this contest has the Wild at +105 and the Stars are coming in at -125. The total comes in at 6.
The Minnesota Wild will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3-2 defeat against the Coyotes their last time out. Minnesota tallied 12 penalty minutes in this contest. The Wild had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the loss. In addition, they had 4 power play attempts but didn't net one. In the game, they netted 2 of the 35 shots they tried.
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In relation to their scoring capabilities, the Minnesota Wild have accumulated 149 goals (23rd in pro hockey) so far this season and have surrendered 139. For the season, they have scored 58 points and their points % is .592. Minnesota has accounted for 157 power play opportunities and they have added 37 goals out of those advantages, giving them a rate of 23.57%. When at even strength, the Wild let the opposition score 105 goals while scoring 112 on offense. Minnesota has tried 1,532 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.7%. The Wild thus far have had 1,479 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .906. Minnesota Wild opponents have tallied 168 power play tries (13th in professional hockey) and have earned 34 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the net in this game is Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has been involved in 971 games throughout his hockey career. He has a record of 536-310-90 and he was named the starter in 814 games. Opponents have been able to score 2,416 goals versus Fleury in his NHL career and his average for goals against per game is 2.58. Fleury has seen 27,657 shot attempts taken against him and has garnered 25,241 total saves. His save percentage is .913 for his 56,223 minutes on the ice. For his professional hockey career, Fleury has recorded 449 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .552.
In their last contest, Dallas faced the Ducks in a matchup where the Stars got the tie by a tally of 2-2. The Stars scored 2 goals out of the 41 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 5 power play chances in this matchup but were not able to net one.
Dallas has attempted 1,670 shots (9th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.42%, while allowing the other team 1,606 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 83.82% on their opponents 173 power play tries, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.7%. They have a tally of 156 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 25.00%. The Stars are sitting with 135 goals at even strength and 39 goals (9th in hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 133 goals to be scored by of a combination of 105 goals at even strength and 28 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the Dallas Stars have tallied 174 goals, 68 points, in addition to a points percentage of .654.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Jake Oettinger between the pipes. Opponents are averaging 2.39 goals per contest and he has given up 262 goals in total. Oettinger's quality start rate sits at 59.3% and he has earned 64 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He got the starting nod in 108 games and his ice time sits at 6,581 minutes. Oettinger has a lifetime mark of 63-30-15 and has played in 116 contests. He has compiled 2,895 saves out of the 3,157 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of .917.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (+105)
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