Sharks vs. Wild - 1/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (23-16-8) at San Jose Sharks (24-18-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -126 / Minnesota Wild +114 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, CSNCAL
The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday afternoon at the SAP Center.
The Minnesota Wild need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 17 goals, Mikko Koivu has 24 assists and Thomas Vanek has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 84 goals on 1,069 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 19 goals on 279 shots. Dubnyk has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The San Jose Sharks look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 22 goals, Brent Burns has 23 assists and Patrick Marleau has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 84 goals on 984 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 28 goals on 263 shots. Jones has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Sharks are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 3-8 in their last 11 vs. Central. The Wild are 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in San Jose.
The home team has won 20 of the last 27 meetings between these two teams. Add the fact the Sharks are playing far better hockey than the Wild right now, you have to like San Jose in this spot.