Wild vs Sharks Prediction - NHL Picks 3/11/23
San Jose Sharks (19-35-12) vs Minnesota Wild (37-21-7)
Game Info: Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +150 / Minnesota Wild -185 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Wild will play the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
The Minnesota Wild are 37-21-7 this season after they defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 4-2 in their last game. Minnesota was out shot by a total of 48-23 and lost 60.5% of the face-offs in the game. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.75 goals per game, 2.57 goals against per game, 22% on the power play, and 82.8% on the penalty kill. Mats Zuccarello has led the Wild with 20 goals, 39 assists, and 162 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Filip Gustavsson, who is 17-8-4 this season with a 1.91 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.
The San Jose Sharks are 19-35-12 this season after they lost to the St. Louis Blues by a score of 4-2 in their last game. San Jose out shot St. Louis by a total of 34-30 and won 62.3% of the face-offs in the game. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.88 goals per game, 3.73 goals against per game, 17.5% on the power play, and 83.1% on the penalty kill. Erik Karlsson has led the Sharks with 20 goals, 63 assists, and 171 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Kaapo Kahkonen, who is 8-16-5 this season with a 3.82 goals against average and a .879 save percentage.
Minnesota is 5-1 in their last 6 games and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The under is 7-1 in Minnesota’s last 8 road games. San Jose is 13-39 in their last 52 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Central. The under is 10-4-1 in San Jose’s last 15 games. The over is 9-3 in these two teams last 12 head to head meetings.
Minnesota comes into this game in second place of the Central Division standings, but they will be missing Kaprizov, who is their leading scorer. San Jose has lost four of their last five games and they have allowed 26 goals in those five games. The Sharks have been a mess on the defensive end, which is going to cost them in this matchup. I like Minnesota to win this game by at least two goals.
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