San Jose Sharks vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (33-26-7) at San Jose Sharks (29-33-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -105 / Minnesota Wild -105 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: FSN, NSCA
The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks meet Thursday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Minnesota Wild look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 24 goals, Ryan Suter has 38 assists and Eric Staal has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 823 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 89 goals on 1,006 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
The San Jose Sharks look for a win to build on their three-game winning streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 24 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 86.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 84 goals on 903 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 111 goals on 1,088 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 19 games.
The Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 road games, 8-2 in their last 10 Thursday games and 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite. The Sharks are 9-4 in their last 13 Thursday games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The over is 9-4 in Wild last 13 road games. The under is 5-2 in Sharks last 7 overall. The Wild are 6-17 in the last 23 meetings in San Jose and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild are probably the better and more trustworthy team, but the Sharks have all of a sudden found a second wind and have strung together some nice victories over the last week and a half. The San Jose Sharks have also won five straight meetings against the Wild, which includes a 2-0 victory just a couple of weeks ago. In a near toss up, I'll take my chances with the Sharks on their home ice.