Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild - 4/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild - 4/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (43-21-6) vs Los Angeles Kings (38-25-10)

Game Info: Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild +100 / Los Angeles Kings +210 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Los Angeles Kings in Sunday NHL Action.

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 38-25-10. Through 73 games, the Kings are 3rd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 209 times, good for a rank of 19th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.79 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 15th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 17th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 43-21-6. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 70 games, the Wild have scored 257 goals, giving them an average of 3.6. This output gives them a rank of 5th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 17th ranked unit, giving up 3.07 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 19th 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 7th in the NHL.

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Through 73 games, the Los Angeles Kings' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 47. On the season, he is turning 14.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Kings have benefited from the strong play of Anze Kopitar, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Los Angeles's 73 games, he has come up with 18 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.4%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -7 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.7 goals per game.In his 34 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 69 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 88 points. He has reached his mark of 41 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.5%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 50 assists to go along with his 21 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 2.81 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 30-41-2. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 12-22-1. On the season, 45.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. In Minnesota's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-28-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-11-1. On the season, 63.0% 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 this matchup to be a lower scoring game than expected, falling below the line set at 5.5 goals.

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