Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 2/19/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2023
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Xcel Energy Center is the location where the Minnesota Wild (28-21-5) will try to beat the Nashville Predators (25-21-6) on Sunday.
The Nashville Predators will need a bounce back game after taking a 5-0 defeat to the Bruins in their previous game. The Predators offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. For the outing, they ended the night with no scores out of the 28 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 3 chances on the power play but didn't net one. Nashville amassed 18 penalty minutes in this contest.
Nashville Predators opponents have amassed 176 power play opportunities (13th in pro hockey) and have notched 35 goals in those attempts. The Predators so far have had 1,758 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .912. Nashville has tried 1,607 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.7%. When at even strength, the Predators let the opposition score 120 goals while notching 113 on offense. Nashville steps onto the ice with 167 power play opportunities and they have tallied 27 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 16.17%. For the year, they have recorded 56 points and their points percentage is sitting at .538. Pertaining to their goal scoring prowess, the Nashville Predators have racked up 140 goals (29th in the league) for the year and have given up 155.
The man protecting the net in this game is Juuse Saros. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Saros has earned 152 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .618. He has a save percentage of .919 during his 14,979 minutes played. Saros has had 7,965 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 7,321 total saves. The opposition has been able to score 644 goals versus Saros in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.58. He has an overall record of 134-87-25 and he has gotten the start in 246 games. Saros has participated in 262 contests throughout his NHL career.
In their last contest, Minnesota opposed the Avalanche in a game where the Wild ended up taking the loss by a final score of 3-2. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game and scored 1 out of those opportunities. The Wild converted 2 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they tried.
The Wild have earned 115 goals at even strength and 41 goals (10th in pro hockey) while on the power play. Minnesota has attempted 1,694 shots (19th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.21%, while allowing the opposition 1,629 shots. This season, the Minnesota Wild have a total of 156 goals, 61 points, and a points percentage of .565. They have granted a total of 154 goals to be scored by of a combination of 120 goals at even strength and 34 goals while they were shorthanded. They have recorded 172 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 23.84%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 81.11% on their oppositions 180 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 90.5%.
Across the ice you will find Filip Gustavsson in the crease. Gustavsson has accrued a lifetime mark of 22-21-5 and has participated in 50 games. Gustavsson's quality start rate sits at 65.9% and he has qualified for 29 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has a tally of 1,349 saves out of the 1,476 shots attempted, giving him a percentage of .914. Teams are averaging 2.68 goals per game and he has allowed 127 goals overall. He has started in 44 games and has played 2,841 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville
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