Minnesota Wild at Washington Capitals - 4/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Washington Capitals - 4/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (37-21-10) vs Minnesota Wild (41-20-5)

Game Info: Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -150 / Minnesota Wild +115 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Capitals host the Minnesota Wild in Sunday NHL Action.

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 41-20-5. Through 66 games, the Wild are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 244 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 17th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.08 goals per game. So far, the Wild 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 9th ranked team in the NHL.

The Washington Capitals get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 37-21-10. This mark places them 4th in the Metropolitan division. Through 68 games, the Capitals have scored 225 goals, giving them an average of 3.24. This output gives them a rank of 10th among NHL teams. On defense, Washington is the 11th ranked unit, giving up 2.87 goals per contest. So far, the Capitals have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Washington'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 65 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 83 points. He has reached his mark of 38 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.0%. So far, 26.0% 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 +19.0. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.83 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 66 games, the Washington Capitals' goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin, with 78 points. He has reached his mark of 42 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.3%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 43 assists to go along with his 22 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +6.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 29 percent of the time.

In Minnesota's 66 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-26-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-15-1. 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. In Washington's 68 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-28-1. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-13-1. On the season, 62.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. Look for this matchup to surpass the over-under betting line of 6 goals.

 

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