Minnesota Wild at Edmonton Oilers - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Edmonton Oilers - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (28-18-3) vs Minnesota Wild (30-13-3)

Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Rogers Place)

Betting Odds: Edmonton Oilers +140 / Minnesota Wild +140 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Edmonton Oilers host the Minnesota Wild in NHL Sunday Action

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-13-3. Through 46 games, the Wild are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 176 times, good for a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average of 2.98 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 23rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 6th ranked team in the NHL.

The Edmonton Oilers get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 27-18-3. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 48 games, the Oilers have scored 161 goals, giving them an average of 3.29. This output gives them a rank of 12th among NHL teams. On defense, Edmonton is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 3.17 goals per contest. So far, the Oilers have played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Edmonton's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Through 45 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov with 61 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.9%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 34 assists to go along with his 16 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.91 goals per game. In his 30 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 48 games, the Edmonton Oilers' goal and overall scoring leader is Leon Draisaitl, with 68 points. He has reached his mark of 35 goals, on a shooting percentage of 20.6%. So far, 40.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Connor McDavid, who has 43 assists to go along with his 25 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.15 goals per game. In his 26 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 40% percent of the time.

In Edmonton's 48 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 24-21. On the season, the Edmonton Oilers have a per-game scoring differential of 0.19. However, when playing at home, this figure bumps up to a margin of 0.38 goals. Heading into their game with the Minnesota Wild, the Oilers have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 19 goals, accounting for 66.0% of the overall scoring. Over this stretch, the team has managed to play above .500 hockey, despite scoring more than their average of 3.17 goals per game, just 3 times. Look for the Oilers to pick up a win over Minnesota.

 

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Joe’s Pick Edmonton +140

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