Wild vs. Sharks - 4/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (44-29-6) at Minnesota Wild (38-31-11)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN+, FSN
The San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild square off Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The San Jose Sharks look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 36 goals, Brent Burns has 47 assists and Patrick Marleau has 210 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 138 goals on 1,688 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 33 goals on 285 shots. Jones has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 25 goals, Charlie Coyle has 21 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 147 goals on 1,803 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 41 goals on 488 shots. Dubnyk has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 road games. The Wild are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Pacific. The Sharks are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Minnesota needs another win to clinch a playoff spot, and they have a perfect chance to do so at home against a Sharks team that's been hit or miss recently. Give me the home team here.