San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/31/21

San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/31/21 Photo by Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (21-10-2) at San Jose Sharks (14-16-4)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

The Line: San Jose Sharks +140 / Minnesota Wild -155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the SAP Center.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 9.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with 11 goals, Kirill Kaprizov has 16 assists and Kevin Fiala has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 39 goals on 519 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 38 goals on 481 shots.

The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 14 goals, Evander Kane has 16 assists and Timo Meier has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has allowed 64 goals on 622 shots and Devan Dubnyk has allowed 47 goals on 462 shots.

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The Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sharks are 2-5 in their last 7 Wednesday games and 3-11 in their last 14 games following a win. The over is 10-1 in Wild last 11 road games. The over is 12-5 in Sharks last 17 Wednesday games. The Wild are 8-18 in the last 26 meetings in San Jose and 3-7 in the last 10 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild have quietly been one of the hotter teams in the league these last couple of weeks and they've absolutely feasted on losing teams this season. The San Jose Sharks haven't been able to string together wins this season and their lack of defense is hard to trust against quality clubs. Even with an overtime loss on Monday, the Wild have won three of the last five meetings against the Sharks. The price isn't too crazy. I'll back the Wild in this rematch. 

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -155

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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