Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/15/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM (Xcel Energy Center)

San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild

TV: FSN, NSCA

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

The San Jose Sharks look for a win after splitting their last eight games. 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 21 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 71 goals on 784 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 102 goals on 919 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Ryan Suter has 32 assists and Eric Staal has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 82 goals on 763 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 75 goals on 814 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.

The Sharks are 4-10 in their last 14 road games, 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-19 in their last 28 overall. The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The over is 13-4 in Sharks last 17 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-1-1 in Wild last 6 overall. The Sharks are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Minnesota and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 21-9 in the last 30 meetings. The under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota.

The San Jose Sharks have won four straight games against the Wild, but they've had issues stringing wins together and haven't had much success lately playing on the end of back to backs. The Minnesota Wild are playing some of their best hockey of the season and will have a clear edge here as well with an improved defense leading the way. The home team has dominated the series between the Sharks and Wild over the years. I'll side with the Wild in the favorite role. 

Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -185

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