Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, 2/24/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Friday, February 24, 2023
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+126) Maple Leafs (-152)
Scotiabank Arena is the location where the Toronto Maple Leafs (35-15-8) will attempt to beat the Minnesota Wild (31-21-5) on Friday. The line on this contest has Minnesota at +126 while Toronto is opening at -152. The over/under comes in at 7.
The Minnesota Wild were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2-1 win against the Kings their last time out. Minnesota amassed 2 mins in the box in this matchup. They also had 3 chances with the advantage but didn't net one. The Wild had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the win. In the outing, they scored on 2 of the 20 shots they launched.
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Minnesota Wild opponents have totaled 187 power play opportunities (11th in professional hockey) and have tallied 34 goals in those chances. The Wild have had 1,719 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .908. Minnesota has attempted 1,781 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.2%. When at even strength, the Wild have allowed 125 goals while scoring 120 themselves. Minnesota has accounted for 182 power play opportunities and they have notched 43 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 23.63%. For the current campaign, they have accumulated 67 points and their points percentage comes in at .588. Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Minnesota Wild have accounted for 163 goals (25th in the NHL) this season and have allowed 159.
The player in the crease for this game is Filip Gustavsson. In his professional hockey career, Gustavsson has recorded 31 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .660. His save percentage currently is at .916 during his 3,025 minutes guarding the cage. Gustavsson has seen 1,566 shots taken against him and has recorded 1,434 saves. The opposition has been able to score 132 goals versus Gustavsson in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.62. He has compiled a win-loss record of 25-21-5 and he has gotten the start in 47 games. Gustavsson has been in goal for 53 games during his NHL career.
In their last contest, Toronto went up against the Sabres in a game where the Maple Leafs took home the win by a final score of 6-3. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing and converted 1 out of those attempts. The Maple Leafs recorded 6 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they attempted.
The Maple Leafs have accumulated 154 goals at even strength and 46 goals (7th in pro hockey) while on the power play. Toronto has tried 1,875 shots (8th in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 10.67%, while allowing their opponents 1,684 shots. On the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs have earned a total of 200 goals, 78 points, in addition to a points percentage of .672. They have permitted 155 goals to be scored by of a combination of 122 goals at even strength and 33 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have a tally of 179 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 25.70%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 81.14% on their opponents 175 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 90.8%.
For the opposition you are likely to see Ilya Samsonov in net. His opposition is averaging 2.70 goals per game and he has relinquished 296 goals overall. Samsonov's rate of quality starts sits at 47.7% and he has made 51 quality starts in his professional career. He has started in 107 contests and has played 6,567 minutes. Samsonov has amassed a career mark of 72-29-10 and has been in goal for 118 games. He has compiled 2,837 stops out of 3,133 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .906.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Toronto (-152) and under 6.5 goals
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