Minnesota Wild (8-6) at San Jose Sharks (7-7-2)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks +135 / Minnesota Wild -155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Monday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on a 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in their last matchup. Joel Greenway and Kirill Kaprizov each have 11 points with Greenway posting 9 assists and Kaprizov logging 3 goals with 8 helpers. Joel Eriksson Ek has 10 points with 6 goals and 4 assists and Kevin Fiala has 7 points with 6 goals and a team-high 41 shots on goal. After Fiala, the wild have three skaters with 6 points as well this season. Kaapo Kahkonen and Cam Talbot continue to split Minnesota’s workload in goal, with Kahkonen going 5-4 in 9 starts with a 2.46 GAA while Talbot has 3 wins with a 2.40 GAA.
The San Jose Sharks will look to build on a 5-4 win over St. Louis last time out. Logan Couture leads the Sharks in scoring with 15 points including 9 goals and 6 assists while Evander Kane has 12 points with 5 goals and 7 assists. Tomas Hertl’s got 11 points with 6 goals and 5 assits while Kevin Labanc and Ryan Donato each have 8 points with Labanc logging 6 assists and Donato putting up 5 assists. Martin Jones continues to see the bulk of the starts for the Sharks going 6-5 with a 3.66 in 11 starts.
Minnesota is 13-5 in their last 18 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road favorite while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 Monday games. San Jose is 0-7 in their last 7 games following a win and 2-6 in their last 8 games as a home underdog while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game as both teams have been struggling out of the gate and I don’t really want to back either side, but with two teams and a near even record, I think there’s some value to be had with San Jose as a home dog. The Sharks have only played at home twice this year, and while there’s no real home ice advantage, you have to think the Sharks will be looking forward to being at home and having familiar surroundings. I’ll take my chances with San Jose as I’m not looking to lay this price with the Wild.