San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - 4/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - 4/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (25-13-3) vs San Jose Sharks (18-20-4)

Game Info: Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -189 / San Jose Sharks +170 --- 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 need a win after losing four of their last five games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 16 goals, Brent Burns has 20 assists and Timo Meier has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has allowed 82 goals on 824 shots and Devan Dubnyk has allowed 47 goals on 462 shots.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 16 goals, Jordan Greenway has 19 assists and Kevin Fiala has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 55 goals on 712 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 50 goals on 551 shots.

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The Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wild are 14-2 in their last 16 home games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Sharks last 8 road games. The over is 4-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.

The San Jose Sharks have won three of the five meetings against the Wild this season, which includes wins in the last two meetings. The Sharks have also had great recent success in the underdog role. However, the Minnesota Wild have been far and away the more consistent team overall this season and they don't lose in the favorite role, especially the home favorite role. In fact, the Wild have won 11 straight games as a home favorite. Have to play the trends here, so I'll take the Wild and the PL to shave down the ML price. 

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -1.5

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