Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild - 3/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild - 3/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (36-20-4) vs Vegas Golden Knights (34-26-4)

Game Info: Monday, March 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -132 / Vegas Golden Knights +107 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Vegas Golden Knights in Monday NHL Action.

The Vegas Golden Knights come into this road contest with an overall record of 34-26-4. Through 64 games, the Golden Knights are 4th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 205 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vegas is the 18th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.02 goals per game. So far, the Golden Knights have a strength of schedule rating of 12th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 15th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Vegas Golden Knights with an overall record of 36-20-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 60 games, the Wild have scored 225 goals, giving them an average of 3.67. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 20th ranked unit, giving up 3.2 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 26th 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 12th in the NHL.

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Through 58 games, the Vegas Golden Knights goal and overall scoring leader is Jonathan Marchessault with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.0%. So far, 20.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Chandler Stephenson, who has 31 assists to go along with his 15 goals. However, when on the ice the Golden Knights are -1 in scoring differential. Vegas's top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.77 goals per game.

Through 59 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 76 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. So far, 22.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 43 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.92 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Vegas's 64 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 35-26-3. So far, taking the over when the Golden Knights are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-13-1. On the season, 59.0% of Vegas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Golden Knights. In Minnesota's 60 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-21-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-6-1. On the season, 67.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Wild. With an over-under line set at 6 goals, look for the Wild and Golden Knights to surpass this number in a high-scoring game.

 

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