Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 2/9/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-110) Wild (-110)
The Vegas Golden Knights (30-18-4) are on their way to Xcel Energy Center on Thursday where they will attempt to defeat the Minnesota Wild (27-18-4). The odds on this game have the Golden Knights at -110 and the Wild are coming in at -110. The total comes in at 7.
The Vegas Golden Knights went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5-1 win over the Predators in their previous contest . The Golden Knights played really well in the victory. In the matchup, they netted 5 out of the 30 shots they tried. They also had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score a goal. Vegas amassed 6 penalty minutes in this matchup.
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With regard to scoring goals, the Vegas Golden Knights have notched 162 goals (15th in pro hockey) so far this season and have given up 148. For the current campaign, they have scored 64 points and their points percentage comes in at .615. Vegas has accounted for 135 power play opportunities and they have notched 31 goals during those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 22.96%. When at even strength, the Golden Knights let the opposition score 122 goals while getting 131 on the offensive side of the ice. Vegas has taken 1,692 shots and has a shot percentage of 9.6%. The Golden Knights so far have had 1,577 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .906. Vegas Golden Knights opponents have 126 power play opportunities (31st in professional hockey) and have come away with 26 goals in those chances.
The player between the pipes for this game is Logan Thompson. Opponents have racked up 142 goals versus Thompson in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.68. Thompson has been in goal for 55 games over the course of his NHL career. His save percentage sits at .913 during his 3,182 minutes played. He has a record of 29-18-6 and was named the starter in 51 games. In his professional hockey career, Thompson has accumulated 27 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .529. Thompson has had 1,640 shot attempts taken against him and has gathered 1,498 saves.
Their last time out, Minnesota went up against the Coyotes in an outing where the Wild ended up losing by a final score of 3-2. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this game but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Wild scored 2 goals of the 35 shots on goal they tried.
Minnesota has tried 1,532 shots (23rd in hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.73%, while allowing the opposition 1,479 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 79.76% on the other teams 168 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is currently 90.6%. They have a total of 157 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 23.57%. The Wild have racked up 112 goals at even strength and 37 goals (14th in hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have allowed 139 goals to be scored by way of 105 goals at even strength and 34 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this year, the Minnesota Wild have notched a total of 149 goals, 58 points, as well as a points percentage of .592.
For the opposition you will find Marc-Andre Fleury defending the goal. Fleury is the owner of a lifetime mark of 536-310-90 and has been in goal for 971 contests. Fleury's quality start rate sits at 55.2% and he has accumulated 449 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He has a tally of 25,241 stops out of 27,657 shots attempted against him, which gives him a rate of .913. Opponents are averaging 2.58 goals per contest and he has given up 2,416 goals altogether. He has been a starter 814 contests and has played 56,223 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (-110) and under 6.5 goals
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