San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild – NHL April 16

San Jose Sharks (18-20-4, 40 points) vs. Minnesota Wild (25-13-3, 53 points)

  • Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
  • Place: XCel Energy Arena, Minneapolis, MN
  • TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin | Bally Sports North | NBC Sports California | NHL Center Ice

The Puck Drop

The Minnesota Wild continues as a solid 3-seed in the Honda West division of the NHL as they stand seven points off the Vegas Golden Knights for second, but are nine points ahead of the fourth-place St. Louis Blues.

San Jose is trying to get itself into NHL Playoffs conversations as they need the two points here in trailing the 5-seed Arizona Coyotes by three points and the Blues by four.

The Wild are 2-2-1 in the last five games while the Sharks have lost three in a row and four of their last five.

The streaking Wild are 19-7-3 since Feb. 17 as they are No. 3 in the NHL in points and they are tied for fourth in wins during that span. Minnesota is 15-4 in 19 home games as they are tied for first in the league with the fewest home losses.

The Wild and Sharks stand at 2-2-1 on the season as the Sharks have won the last two in the series.

Trends

San Jose Sharks:
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  • The Sharks are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games vs, the Wild
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose’s last 7 road games
  • San Jose and Minnesota have had the total gone UNDER in 5 of the last 6 9in Minneapolis

Minnesota Wild:
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  • The total has gone over in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
  • The Wild are 13-1 SU in the last 14 home games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games when playing at home vs. the Sharks

Goalies

Minnesota has ridden the goalie duo of Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kahkonen to success. Talbot stopped 28 of 30 shots on Wednesday as the Wild took down Arizona, 5-2. Kahnkonen has lost his last two starts with the former coming in a 4-2 loss to San Jose on March 31.

Martin Jones is 8-4-1 for San Jose over his last 13 starts with a 2.42 GAA as he has stopped 92.3 percent of the pucks that have been thrown at him. Jones has dropped two in a row though and three out of four

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Sharks +1½ (-155) +165 O 6 (+105)
Wild -1½ (+135) -190 U 6 (-125)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Even Strength

San Jose has to get its offense rolling as the Sharks have scored only one goal in their last 74 attempts which encompasses the last two games. Dylan Gambrell and the venerable Patrick Marleau are the only two Sharks to score multiple goals in their last five games.

Marleau has played in 896 games in a row and can become the first player in one of the four major sports to overtake games played leader in 16 years as he stands at 1,765 NHL games, two back of Gordie Howe.

Evander Kane and Logan Couture are the Sharks’ two leading scorers with 16 and 14 goals each. Couture hasn’t found the back of the net in his last 12 games while Kane has five without a goal.

Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon scored his fifth goal of the season on Wednesday and has 10 points in his last four games in tallying four-goal and six assists. He had three power-play assists in the April 7 win vs. Colorado.

Kevin Fiala has also been hot for the Wild as he has 12 points in his last nine games, including seven power-play points in tallying three power-play goals.

Joel Eriksson Ek and Kirill Kaprizov lead the Wild in even-strength goals with 13 and 11 each while Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 35 points as he and Jordan Greenway tie for the team lead with 19 assists each.

Special Teams

A couple of thriving penalty kills against some struggling power plays are in the offing in this one.

The Minnesota penalty kill vs. the San Jose power play is a mismatch as the Wild have killed 83.7 percent (6th/NHL) of their penalties while the Sharks are at 16.5 percent with 20 goals in 121 attempts.

The Sharks have killed 80.4 percent (13th/NHL) of their opponents’ man-advantage while the Minnesota power play checks in at 17.1 percent (25th/NHL).

San Jose has connected on only 2-of-14 power-play chances vs. the Wild this season as Kane and Ryan Donato notched those goals. The Wild almost have an identical number is they are 2-for-12 with Fiala and Jonas Brodin picking up the

The Sharks have played in seven shootouts and stand at 5-2 in those games.

The Bets
Minnesota Wild -1½
+135
Minnesota Wild
-190
UNDER 5½
-125
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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