Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (32-14-4) vs Minnesota Wild (31-14-3)

Game Info: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs +125 / Minnesota Wild +170 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Minnesota Wild in Thursday NHL Action.

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-14-3. Through 48 games, the Wild are 3rd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 186 times, good for a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.0 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 25th 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 Toronto Maple Leafs get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 32-14-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Atlantic division. Through 50 games, the Maple Leafs have scored 179 goals, giving them an average of 3.54. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Toronto is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.8 goals per contest. So far, the Maple Leafs have played the 17th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Toronto's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 7th in the NHL.

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Through 47 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 13.4%. 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 2.94 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 47 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goal and overall scoring leader is Auston Matthews, with 62 points. He has reached his mark of 34 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.0%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is William Nylander, who has 28 assists to go along with his 19 goals. However, when on the ice the Maple Leafs are -5 in scoring differential. Toronto's top goalie is Jack Campbell, who is giving up an average of 2.46 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Minnesota's 48 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 33-19. So far, the Wild have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 13 of their 25 road games. On the season, the Minnesota Wild have a per-game scoring differential of 0.81. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.37 goals. So far, Minnesota has been the better team during 5 on 5 play, converting on 9.5% of their shot attempts. Look for the Wild to pull out a road win over the Maple Leafs.

 

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