Head-to-Head: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins Head-to-Head Minnesota Wild Mike Sullivan Head Coach Dean Evason 40-18-10 (3rd in Metropolitan Division) Standing 41-20-4 (2nd in Central Division) Leaders Sidney Crosby (70) Points Kirill Kaprizov (82) Jake Guentzel (31) Goals Kirill Kaprizov (37) Kris Letang (51) Assists Mats Zuccarello (48) Brian Dumoulin (22) +/- Alex Goligoski (34) Jake Guentzel (4. 29) Shots (Per Game) Kirill Kaprizov (3. 63)
Why Might the Pittsburgh Penguins Win?
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the underdogs and facing a hot Minnesota Wild team. They can still win this game, if Kirill Kaprizov slows down and the Wild is flooded with shots.
Kirill Kaprizov is the premier player on the Wild. Kaprizov is a skilled player who can pass and score. He has missed just one game in his career. Kaprizov also has a +/- of 20. Kaprizov must be the Penguins’ number one defenseman.
The Wild score a lot but also give up too many goals. It is due to poor goaltending. Cam Talbot, their netminder is often struggling. He has 27 wins but gives up a troubling 2. 80 goals per game. The Penguins need to overwhelm Talbot with shots, as he is often a struggle. He will most likely make a mistake, and the puck may slip into the net.
Why might the Minnesota Wild win?
The Minnesota Wild cannot be stopped right now but have a tough matchup in the Penguins. The Wild must focus on the Penguins’ shot limitation and avoid penalties.
The Penguins’ have a knack for shooting the puck. They average 34.4 shots per game and 3. 29 goals. Wild must limit or forbid bad shots.
The Wild are very good at getting penalized. They have 688 PIM, 228 more than the Penguins. This game requires them to think more and not be penalized. They will make the Penguins have fewer chances of scoring.
Penguins Key Player: (D) Kris Letang
Defenseman Kris Letang may be almost 35, but he is not slowing down much. The 2005 third-round pick leads his team in TOI at 25: 39.
Letang is still a starter and a huge part of the Penguins’ offense and defense. His contributions to scoring limits and making the correct pass are key. He leads the Penguins in assists with 51.
The Wild have to cut off his passing lanes and force him to give up the puck to the other defenseman.
Wild Key Player: (RW) Mats Zuccarello
Winger Mats Zuccarello is not much of a scorer. He does however complement Kirill Kaprizov very well. Zuccarello has 48 assists, and 19 of them have come on power-plays.
Zuccarello is not a scoring threat (he only has 19 goals), but he is a playmaker. His pass often hits Kirill Kaprizov, giving him great chances to score.
Kaprizov is usually already in an excellent position to score when he gets the puck, so the Penguins should try to stop Zuccarello from making the pass to him.
Bet on NHL Hockey Here!
How to Watch Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild Information What Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild Where Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota When Thursday, March 31, 8: 00 PM EST How to Watch ESPN+