San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - 4/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - 4/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (46-21-6) vs San Jose Sharks (29-33-11)

Game Info: Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -250 / San Jose Sharks +188 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the San Jose Sharks in Sunday NHL Action.

The San Jose Sharks come into this road contest with an overall record of 29-33-11. Through 73 games, the Sharks are 7th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 190 times, good for a rank of 29th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, San Jose is the 19th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.16 goals per game. So far, the Sharks have a strength of schedule rating of 8th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 25th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the San Jose Sharks with an overall record of 46-21-6. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 73 games, the Wild have scored 271 goals, giving them an average of 3.64. This output gives them a rank of 5th among NHL teams.On defense, Minnesota is the 16th ranked unit, giving up 3.03 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 16th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 7th in the NHL.

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Through 68 games, the San Jose Sharks goal and overall scoring leader is Timo Meier, with 72 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 10.9%. So far, 38.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 33 assists to go along with his 28 goals. However, when on the ice the Sharks are --5.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.79 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 72 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 91 points. He has reached his mark of 42 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.3%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 50 assists to go along with his 22 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.77 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Sharks have an over-under record of 30-42-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-21. On the season, 45.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. In Minnesota's 73 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-30-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-12-1. On the season, 63.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Wild. Look for this matchup to finish below the line of 6 goals, as the Sharks won't carry their offensive weight against an excellent Minnesota defense.

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