Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild - 3/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild - 3/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (34-20-4) vs Boston Bruins (36-18-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

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

The Minnesota Wild host the Boston Bruins in Wednesday NHL Action.

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-18-5. Through 59 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 180 times, good for a rank of 16th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.68 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 34-20-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 58 games, the Wild have scored 218 goals, giving them an average of 3.67. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 21st ranked unit, giving up 3.26 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 23rd 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 11th in the NHL.

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Through 59 games, the Boston Bruins goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.8%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 34 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Boston's top goalie is Jeremy Swayman, who is giving up an average of 2.06 goals per game. In his 28 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 57 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 14.7%. 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 +17. 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 0.43 goals. When playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.12 goals. As the Minnesota Wild get set to take on the Bruins, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 18 goals, accounting for 45.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Wild hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play, as they have outscored their average of 3.26 goals just twice over their last five contests. Look for Minnesota to get back on track with a home win over the Bruins.

 

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