Minnesota Wild at Ottawa Senators - 2/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Ottawa Senators - 2/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (18-26-5) vs Minnesota Wild (31-13-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators +150 / Minnesota Wild -188 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators host the Minnesota Wild in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-13-3. Through 47 games, the Wild are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 183 times, good for a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 12th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.98 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 24th 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 Ottawa Senators get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 18-26-5. This mark places them 6th in the Atlantic division. Through 49 games, the Senators have scored 130 goals, giving them an average of 2.63. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Ottawa is the 21st ranked unit, giving up 3.16 goals per contest. So far, the Senators have played the toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Ottawa's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 21st in the NHL.

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Through 46 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov with 62 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.6%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 35 assists to go along with his 17 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.

Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In Ottawa's 49 games, he has come up with 16 goals and 20 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.6%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 18 goals, 39.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +3. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.78 goals per game. In his 23 games played, he has turned in 12 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Minnesota's 47 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 26-16. So far, the Wild have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 12 of their 23 road games. On the season, the Minnesota Wild have a per-game scoring differential of 0.85. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.42 goals. Heading into their game with the Ottawa Senators, the Wild have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 22 goals, accounting for 51.0% of the overall scoring. I expect the Wild to continue their hot play with a road win over Ottawa.

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