Minnesota Wild at San Jose Sharks

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The Sharks have dropped their last two games and host a Wild team that has won three in a row.

The Wild have won three in a row and are coming off a shutout win. The team has eight wins in their last 10 games and sits in third place in the Western Division four points back of the Vegas Golden Knights. Minnesota does not have a great offense, but they have only given up three goals in their last three games and rank sixth in the league only giving up an average of 2.44 goals per game.

The Sharks are the opposite of the Wild, as they are coming off a shutout loss and in their last eight games, they only have two wins. The team is in seventh place in the West only two points out of the basement and 13 points back of Minnesota. San Jose has struggled on both sides of the ice on the season and ranks 27th in the league giving up an average of 3.42 goals per game.

The Wild have won five of their last seven road games facing the Sharks.

No Place like Home

In their last game, the Wild beat the S. Louis Blues 2-0 for their 11th straight home win. Marcus Johansson and Kirill Kaprizov each lit the lamp in the game where they only took 11 shots while Cam Talbot (9-5-1 2.34 GAA) stopped all 37 shots he faced. He has been in goal for Minnesota’s three-game win streak and Kaapo Kahkonen (12-5-0 2.29 GAA), who is coming off his worst start of the season giving up six goals, may get the nod.

Joel Eriksson Ek and Kaprizov are tied for the team lead with 11 goals apiece and Kevin Fiala (9 goals) is the only other player with more than seven goals. Kaprizov also leads the team with 27 points and after a little drought, he has a goal and an assist in his last two games.

On the season, the Wild are 8-7-1 on the road.

Not the Best Trip to the Desert

The Sharks were on the road in their last two games losing twice to the Arizona Coyotes where they were outscored 9-2. They were shutout in the last game 4-0 where they outshot the Coyotes 34-27 and only had one power-play opportunity. Devan Dubnyk (3-9-2 3.18 GAA) took the loss giving up three goals on 26 shots and San Jose has lost his last four starts. Martin Jones (10-7-2 3.32 GAA) may get the nod in this game and after giving up only four goals in three starts he was peppered giving up five goals in his last one.

Evander Kane is tied for the team lead with 14 goals and leads them with 29 points and has two goals and an assist in his last five games but has failed to register a point in his last two games. Logan Couture is tied with Kane with 14 goals and only has one goal in his last 10 games and none in his last three. San Jose is 5-6-2 on home ice this season and in the last five games between them and the Wild, the road team has won four times.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

While the Wild have lost five of their last six road games they have played well on the road facing weaker teams, as they are 4-1 in their last five road games as a favorite. They are coming off a shutout win and have only allowed three goals in winning three in a row while the Sharks have lost two in a row and were shutout in their last game. I do not see the Sharks being shut out in this game, but their offense will struggle like it has most of the season. The Wild are not a high scoring team but they will score multiple goals in this game and their D will be solid. Minnesota will get the win and send the Sharks to their third loss in a row.

Wild -150

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Full-Game Total Pick

While the total has gone Over in seven of the last eight games between these teams in San Jose I am leaning towards the Under in this one. The Sharks have played poor defense on the season and have given up nine goals in their last two games and while the Wild have won three in a row they did not kill it on the attack totaling seven goals. Minnesota is averaging 2.94 goals per game and that ranks in the middle of the pack. In this game they will play solid defense but not light the lamp often, which is why the Under is the solid pick for this Western Division affair.

Under 5.5 goals