Minnesota Wild at San Jose Sharks Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

In their third and final head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks collide at the SAP Center for a Western Conference tilt. The match will get going at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7, and fans at home can witness it live on Fox Sports North.

Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose Sharks Odds

San Jose is 45-36 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Pacific Division in this young season, hasn’t moved much from the 46-36 record the team produced during the 2016-17 season campaign. Out of its 81 regular season matches, 43 of them have gone under the total, while 36 have gone over and just two have pushed. The teams 25-15 SU at home this season.

The Sharks have converted on 20.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked third overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.8 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Sharks have been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, 2.8 per game over their last five games total, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for 8.8 minutes per game over their last five matchups, overall.

Averaging 26.1 saves per game with a .917 save percentage, Martin Jones (31 wins, 28 losses, and seven OT losses) has been the best option in goal for San Jose this year. If San Jose chooses to give him a breather, however, the team may go with Aaron Dell (15-13-13 record, .913 save percentage, 2.67 goals against average).

The Sharks will continue to lean on the leadership out of Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns. Pavelski (65 points) has put up 21 goals and 44 assists and has recorded two or more points in 13 different games this year. Burns has 11 goals and 54 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 46 games.

Minnesota is 44-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.0 unit for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 40 of its games have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and just four have pushed. As the visiting team, the Wild are 17-23 SU.

The Wild have converted on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 13th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Minnesota’s players have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, 4.0 per game over their last five match ups total, and 4.2 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Devan Dubnyk (27.1 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Minnesota. Dubnyk has 35 wins, 24 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .918 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Wild will be Eric Staal, who has 41 goals and 34 assists this year.

Minnesota Wild at San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Minnesota is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while San Jose is 5-3 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of San Jose’s last five games.
  • Minnesota has managed 28.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while San Jose is averaging 33.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Over Minnesota’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).