Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/17/21

Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/17/21 Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (18-21-4) at Minnesota Wild (26-13-3)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -188 / San Jose Sharks +155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The San Jose Sharks need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 16 goals, Brent Burns has 20 assists and Timo Meier has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has allowed 82 goals on 824 shots and Devan Dubnyk has allowed 47 goals on 462 shots.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 16 goals, Jordan Greenway has 19 assists and Kevin Fiala has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 55 goals on 712 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 50 goals on 551 shots.

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The Sharks are 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Wild are 14-2 in their last 16 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 5-2-1 in Sharks last 8 road games. The over is 4-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.

The San Jose Sharks continue to find themselves on the short end of the stick and last night was no different. The Sharks have also had no recent success playing on the end of back to backs. The Minnesota Wild have been money making machines at home this season and they've more than held their own on the end of back to backs. There's a lot pointing to the Wild getting another victory over Sharks. Give me the home team and the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -1.5

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

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