San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - 4/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - 4/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

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

Game Info: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -188 / San Jose Sharks +155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild host the San Jose Sharks in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.

The San Jose Sharks will look to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to the Wild in Friday’s tilt. Evander Kane leads the Sharks in scoring with 36points including a team-high 17 goals with 19 assists while Tomas Hertl has 27 points with 13 goals and 14 assists and Logan Couture has 26 points with 14 goals and 12 apples. Brent Burns has 20 assists and Timo Meier’s on 17 helpers this season while Kevin Labanc also has 10 goals and 14 assists. As a team, San Jose is averaging 2.6 goals on 30.3 shots with a 16.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals on 31.7 shots with an 80.4% success rate on the penalty kill.

The Minnesota Wild will be out to build on yet another home win after their victory over the Sharks on Friday. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 35 points including team-highs of 16 goals and 19 assists while Kevin Fiala has 26 points with 14 goals and 12 assists. Mats Zuccarello and Joel Greenway each have double-digit assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 13 goals this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 3 goals on 28.6 shots with a 17.1% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 30.9 shots with an 83.7% success rate on the PK this season.

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San Jose is 3-9 in their last 12 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games on no rest. Minnesota is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall and 7-3 in their last 10 games on no rest while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 home games. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I think there could still be value with the Sharks given that they’ve beat the Wild already multiple times this season, but realistically the Sharks are back to looking like the Sharks that we saw for much of the early part of the season, and that’s a team that’s struggled and has a hard time putting positive results together. The Wild have been pretty much money on home ice for a while now and I don’t expect that to change on a back-to-back. Give me the Wild in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Minnesota -188

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