Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild - 3/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild - 3/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (37-20-4) vs Vancouver Canucks (30-26-8)

Game Info: Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -200 / Vancouver Canucks +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Vancouver Canucks in Thursday NHL Action.

The Vancouver Canucks come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-26-8. Through 64 games, the Canucks are 5th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 183 times, good for a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vancouver is the 15th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.86 goals per game. So far, the Canucks have a strength of schedule rating of 16th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 19th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Vancouver Canucks with an overall record of 37-20-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 61 games, the Wild have scored 228 goals, giving them an average of 3.66. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 17th ranked unit, giving up 3.15 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 27th 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 8th in the NHL.

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Through 62 games, the Vancouver Canucks goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller with 75 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.0%. So far, 24.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 46 assists to go along with his 5 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.68 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 60 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 2.84 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Heading into this matchup, the Vancouver Canucks have just 1 win over their last 5 contests. These struggles are in large part due to an offense that has scored just 11 goals during this stretch. On the other side, the Wild enter the game playing well on offense, surpassing their season scoring average 4 times over their last 5 contests. I recommend taking Minnesota to pick up a home win over Vancouver.

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Joe’s Pick Minnesota -200

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