Minnesota Wild (44-26-11) at San Jose Sharks (45-26-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 7, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under:
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The Minnesota Wild finish off their regular season on the road against the San Jose Sharks as both teams gear up for the playoffs in the Western Conference.
The Wild lost their top blueliner last weekend as Ryan Suter’s broken foot will keep him out for the rest of the season, but that didn’t deter Minny from locking up a playoff spot as they are locked into a first round matchup against the Winnipeg Jets. Minnesota will look for a road win against the Sharks who look poised to rekindle their rivalry with the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round unless there are some surprising results on the Saturday docket and a win here from the Wild could actually alter that landscape. Minnesota has struggled on the road this season and are in the midst of a four game losing skid away from home and with a 2-5 mark in their last seven overall it doesn’t look too great for them here against a San Jose team that is 5-1 in their last six home games.
The Sharks head into this one with a 7-1 mark in their last eight games following a win but they haven’t had a ton of them over the last week and a half thanks to a 1-4 stretch in their last five games and a 1-4 mark against teams from the West. San Jose though is a nice looking roster for playoff hockey as they have a ton of grit, offensive depth, and a blue line led by offensive threat Brent Burns and they should be considered a serious threat to come out of the Pacific division bracket as they match up well against Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Anaheim. San Jose is 15-5 in their last 20 home games against the Wild and the oddsmakers will likely expect that trend to continue here once the line comes out.
The Wild are 1-4 in their last five against a team with a winning record and winless in their last four on the road while the Sharks are 8-17 in their last 25 against the Central and 7-2 in their last nine Saturday games. Minnesota isn’t playing well at the moment and won’t have the easiest time against a good Sharks team at home in what turns out to be a San Jose victory.