Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild - 3/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild - 3/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (34-19-4) vs Nashville Predators (33-21-4)

Game Info: Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -147 / Nashville Predators +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Nashville Predators in Sunday NHL Action.

The Nashville Predators come into this road contest with an overall record of 33-20-4. Through 57 games, the Predators are 4th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 180 times, good for a rank of 14th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Nashville is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.72 goals per game. So far, the Predators 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 12th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Nashville Predators with an overall record of 34-19-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 57 games, the Wild have scored 216 goals, giving them an average of 3.7. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 3.21 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 57 games, the Nashville Predators' leading goal scorer is Matt Duchene. With his 25 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 54. On the season, he is turning 19.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Predators have benefited from the strong play of Roman Josi, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Nashville's 57 games, he has come up with 15 goals on a shooting percentage of 7.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 14.0 Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.38 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 56 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 73 points. He has reached his mark of 30 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.9%. So far, 20.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 41 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +21. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 3.0 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Minnesota Wild have a per-game scoring differential of 0.51. When playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.12 goals. As the Minnesota Wild gets set to take on the Predators, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3.. During this stretch, they have scored 20 goals, accounting for 49.0% of the scoring in these contests. Even though the team is not finding success in the win column, they come into this game playing well on offense. In their past five games, they have outscored their average of 3.7 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Wild to take care of business at home vs a struggling Predators team.

 

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Joe’s Pick Minnesota Wild -147

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