Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (41-20-4) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (40-18-10)

Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -137 / Pittsburgh Penguins +111 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Thursday NHL Action.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this road contest with an overall record of 40-18-10. Through 68 games, the Penguins are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 227 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Pittsburgh is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.59 goals per game. So far, the Penguins 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 7th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins with an overall record of 41-20-4. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 65 games, the Wild have scored 241 goals, giving them an average of 3.63. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 17th ranked unit, giving up 3.06 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 68 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins' leading goal scorer is Jake Guentzel. With his 34 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 65. On the season, he is turning 14.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Penguins have benefited from the strong play of Sidney Crosby, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Pittsburgh's 68 games, he has come up with 25 goals on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 12.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.33 goals per game. In his 53 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 64 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 82 points. He has reached his mark of 37 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.9%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 48 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20.0. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Penguins have an over-under record of 33-34-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 14-19-1. On the season, 56.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. In Minnesota's 65 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-26-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-11-1. On the season, 62.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Wild. Look for the Penguins and Wild to combine to surpass the over-under betting line of 6 goals.

 

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