Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/15/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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San Jose Sharks (25-28-4) at Minnesota Wild (27-23-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -180 / San Jose Sharks +160 --- Over/Under: 6
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The San Jose Sharks and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday afternoon.
The San Jose Sharks will look to build on a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing. Marcus Sorensen opened the scoring for San Jose with just over five minutes to go in the opening period before Winnipeg stormed back in the 2nd, tying the game and taking the lead in a span of 1:26. The Sharks would respond in kind in the 3rd with Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier scoring 1:29 apart to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead that they’d ride to the final buzzer despite being outshot 18-11 in the 3rd period. Aaron Dell got the win to improve to 12-11-2 on the year after stopping 30 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Minnesota Wild will look to rebound from a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers in their last outing. Ryan Donato opened the scoring just before the midway point of the opening period before New York tied the game at one just 2:03 later. Jonas Brodin would restore Minnesota’s lead with just over four minutes to go in the 1st and Jared Greenway pushed the lead to 3-1 late in the 2nd period. New York would pull a goal back with just over eight minutes to go and Minnesota tried to hold on for the win but the Rangers would tie the game at three with just over a minute to go. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to a shootout where New York scored on both of their shootout attempts while Minnesota missed both of theirs, giving the Rangers the win and the extra point to go with it. Alex Stalock took the loss, falling to 14-8-4 on the year after allowing 3 goals on 31 shots faced in regulation and overtime.
San Jose is 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on no rest and 4-10 in their last 14 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. San Jose is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams but just 4-10 in the last 14 meetings between the two teams in Minnesota.
Minnesota firing their head coach on Friday came as a bit of a shock as the Wild aren’t playing that badly, are near a playoff spot and have done really well at home, but it just goes to show the pressure that some of these guys are under to win now. As far as this game goes, I stand by my new stance on the Sharks, as I’m done backing San Jose as this is a team that you never know what you’re going to get with them on any given night, and playing on a back-to-back sure hasn’t helped the Sharks in that respect either. I think some of Minnesota’s players feel bad for the coach getting the axe, so I think the Wild come out here and put forth a strong effort to show that the team is serious about winning hockey games and making a playoff push down the stretch. I’ll side with Minnesota at home and to get the price down, I’ll side with the Wild in regulation.