San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - 1/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - 1/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (3-1) vs San Jose Sharks (2-2)

Game Info: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -150 / San Jose Sharks +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The San Jose Sharks look for another win to build on their 2-2 record. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Thomas Hertl leads San Jose with three goals, Evander Kane has three assists and Logan Couture has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 86.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has allowed nine goals on 84 shots and Devan Dubnyk has allowed five goals on 35 shots.

The Minnesota Wild look for another win to build on their 3-1 record. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on five percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with two goals, Kirill Kaprizov has four assists and Kevin Fiala has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 92.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed seven goals on 94 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed two goals on 24 shots.

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The Sharks are 2-7 in their last 9 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Wild are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games. The over is 5-1 in Sharks last 6 overall. The under is 9-4-3 in Wild last 16 games as a home favorite. The Sharks are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild have looked great through four games, but it's still a small sample size and they have yet to really take off at home dating back to the end of last season. The San Jose Sharks are also playing well in their own right, and they've won five of the last six meetings against the Wild, with three of those five wins being decided by two or more goals. I'll take a shot with the plus money here.

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Randy’s Pick San Jose Sharks +125

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