San Jose Sharks (42-22-7) at Minnesota Wild (43-22-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 21, 2017, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -140 / San Jose Sharks +120 --- Over/Under: 5
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The San Jose Sharks look to shake off a 1-0 shutout loss on the road against the Stars last night as they head into Minnesota to take on the Wild on Tuesday.
The Sharks look to create some separation atop the Pacific division with a big road victory against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in one of the most anticipated games of the evening that is jam packed with plenty of playoff implications. San Jose is playing in a back to back and have some travel time in between as they head north to Minnesota to from Frisco, Texas and they are going to face off against a Wild team that has lost five games in a row and eight of their last 10 at a very inopportune time of the season. San Jose is expected to send Martin Jones to the crease here after Aaron Dell got the nod against the Stars last night as he will take on Devan Dubnyk who had been the clear cut favourite to win the Vezina Trophy this season but his play of late has called into question that grip on the accolade.
The Wild remain one of the league’s top teams despite their recent slide but they certainly aren’t playing their best hockey as the season draws near a close and that is a big time red light as no team wants to back their way into hockey’s second season. Minnesota has had success at home though as they have won 18 of their last 26 when playing at the Xcel Energy Center and most of their woes have come on the road but in a playoff series, especially as the lower seed, they know they need to be able to win a game away from home and if they can’t rectify those issues in a hurry then they could be a one and done come playoff time. However, this is a huge game for them and with the mood in the dressing room being sombre and the team being called out by head coach Bruce Boudreau you can be sure this will be a much better effort from them here.
The Sharks are 5-1 in their last six playing in a back to back and 4-1 in their last five road games while the Wild are winless in their last seven playing on one day’s rest and 11-3 in their last 14 against the Pacific. This is going to be a great game and while San Jose is too good to be getting this value I think Minny steps their game up and finally end their losing ways.