San Jose Sharks (18-20-4) at Minnesota Wild (25-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -189 / San Jose Sharks +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The San Jose Sharks and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Friday night.
The San Jose Sharks will look to rebound from back-to-back losses to Anaheim, including a 4-1 loss to the Ducks in their last matchup. Evander Kane leads San Jose in scoring with 35 points including a team-high 16 goals and 19 assists while Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture each have 26 points with Hertl logging 12 goals and 14 assists and Couture chipping in 14 goals and 12 apples this season. Brent Burns also has a team-high 20 assists while Timo Meier has 8 goals and 17 assists for his 25 points this season. As a team, San Jose is averaging 2.6 goals on 30.3 shots with a 16.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals on 31.8 shots against with an 80.6% success rate on the PK this season.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on a 5-2 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes in their last matchup. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 35 points including team-highs of 16 goals and 19 assists while Kevin Fiala has 26 points with 14 goals and 12 apples and Mats Zuccarello and Joel Greenway each have 24 points with double-digit assists as well this season. Joel Eriksson Ek also has 20 points with 13 goals of his own on the year. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 3 goals per game on 28.8 shots against with a 15.1% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 31 shots with an 84% success rate killing off penalties this season.
San Jose is 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. Minnesota is 14-2 in their last 16 home games and 10-4 in their last 14 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I get why someone may be hesitant to jump on board with either of these teams, but realistically, the Sharks looked like the Sharks we’ve seen for much of the season and I’m sorry but if you drop back-to-back games against Anaheim, I don’t have a ton of hope for you against a Minnesota team that is much better and also plays their best hockey at home this season. I’ll lean towards the Wild here, but probably staying away due to the heavy price tag.