San Jose Sharks (18-11-5) at Minnesota Wild (17-13-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 18, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -125 / San Jose Sharks +105 --- Over/Under: 6
The San Jose Sharks and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night.
The San Jose Sharks will be looking to add to their current 4-game winning streak after a 7-3 win over Chicago in their last outing. Chicago jumped out to 2 -0 lead before Melker Karlsson and Marcus Sorensen erased that deficit :42 apart at the midway point of the opening period. Chicago re-took the lead just 2:14 later to end the 1st with a 3-2 lead but that’s all of the offense the Blackhawks would muster up. Evander Kane, Barclay Goodrow and Logan Couture would each score in the 2nd to give San Jose a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes of play and Kevin Labanc and Tomas Hertl would score to give us our 7-3 final score line. Aaron Dell got the win in relief of starter Martin Jones after stopping all 16 shots he faced to improve to 5-4-2 this season.
The Minnesota Wild will be looking for a bounce-back performance after a 2-1 loss to Calgary in their last outing. Calgary opened the scoring and took a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission before Jordan Greenway would equalize for the Wild with Minnesota’s lone goal in the loss. Calgary re-took the lead for good just before the midway point of the 3rd period, sending Minnesota back empty handed. Devan Dubnyk took the loss, falling to 12-10-2 after giving up both goals on 26 shots in the losing effort.
San Jose is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 road games while the over is 27-9-2 in their last 38 games following a win. Minnesota is 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Pacific division and 1-5 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games. San Jose is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
I’ve been one of the first to rag on the Sharks because of their struggles on the road, and I’m all about siding with head-to-head history. However, the Sharks are playing much better than Minnesota right now and have scored 20 goals during their 4-game winning streak. Minnesota could definitely use the win here, but I think taking the hotter team at plus money sounds like a solid value play so I’ll side with the Sharks for the win here.