Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators - 4/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators - 4/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (44-28-5) vs Minnesota Wild (50-21-7)

Game Info: Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators +100 / Minnesota Wild -120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nashville Predators host the Minnesota Wild in Sunday NHL Action.

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 50-21-7. Through 78 games, the Wild are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 295 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 18th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.04 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 22nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 6th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Nashville Predators get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 44-28-5. This mark places them 4th in the Central division. Through 77 games, the Predators have scored 247 goals, giving them an average of 3.17. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams.On defense, Nashville is the 12th-ranked unit, giving up 2.92 goals per contest. So far, the Predators have played the 19th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Nashville's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Through 77 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 101 points. He has reached his mark of 45 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.4%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Kevin Fiala, who has 50 assists to go along with his 32 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +24. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.78 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 77 games, Nashville's leading goal scorer is Matt Duchene. With his 40 goals and 38 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 78. On the season, he is turning 19.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Predators have benefited from the strong play of Roman Josi, who is the teams overall leader in points. In Nashville's 77 games, he has come up with 20 goals on a shooting percentage of 7.6%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +16.0 Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.57 goals per game. In his 65 games played, he has turned in 42 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Minnesota's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 45-31-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-19-1. On the season, 64.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Wild. In Nashville's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-33. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 17-22. On the season, 57.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. Given that both Nashville and Minnesota have benefited their goalie groups ranked in the top 10 in save percentage, I see this matchup falling below the line of 6.5 goals.

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