Sharks vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks 3/28/24

Minnesota Wild (34-28-9) vs San Jose Sharks (16-47-8)

Game Info: Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -360 / San Jose Sharks +290 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild betting prediction for this NHL game on Thursday, March 28th at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Sharks recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Wild recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving San Jose
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Minnesota
  • Recent betting trends in games played between San Jose and Minnesota
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between San Jose and Minnesota

Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks are 16-47-8 this year after they lost to Dallas by a score of 6-3 in their last game. San Jose trailed 3-0 early in the second period, but they fought back within one goal on two separate occasions, before Dallas pulled away. The Sharks were out shot by a total of 41-20 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. San Jose has lost eight games in a row and 17 of their last 18, with the one win coming against Ottawa at home. The Sharks are scoring 2.21 goals per game and they are allowing 4.03 goals against per game, while going 21% on the power play and 74.6% on the penalty kill. Mikael Granlund has led San Jose with 10 goals, 38 assists, and 108 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is 9-20-3 this season with a 3.57 goals against average and an .896 save percentage. 

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 34-28-9 this season after they lost to St. Louis in overtime by a score of 5-4 in their last game. Minnesota led 3-2 heading into the third period, but they needed a late goal to force overtime, before losing two minutes into the extra frame. The Wild out shot St. Louis by a total of 34-27 and went 0-1 on the power play in the game. Minnesota lost to LA by a score of 6-0 in the game prior to St. Louis, but did beat Anaheim before that. The Wild are scoring 3.06 goals per game and they are allowing 3.20 goals against per game, while going 21.4% on the power play and 74.4% on the penalty kill. Kirill Kaprizov has led Minnesota with 36 goals, 43 assists, and 230 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 16-12-5 this year with a 2.86 goals against average and an .899 save percentage. 

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Kirill Kaprizov has scored at least one goal in seven of the Wild's last eight games as favorites.
  • Matthew Boldy has recorded at least one point in seven of the Wild's last eight games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Joel Eriksson Ek has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four appearances against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Kirill Kaprizov has scored the last goal in each of the Wild's last three home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Brock Faber ranks 1st amongst rookies for average time on ice (25:05) this season.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Mikael Granlund has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances against former teams.
  • Mikael Granlund has recorded at least one assist in four of the Sharks' last five games against Central Division opponents.
  • Mikael Granlund has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against Western Conference opponents.
  • William Eklund has the most Power Play Goals for the Sharks this season (6).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Minnesota Wild rank 29th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (74.36%).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 31st in the league for power play goals against this season (60).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals against per game this season (4.03).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 31st in the league for goals per game this season (2.21).

Sharks vs Wild Betting Prediction

San Jose comes into this matchup just trying to make it to the end of the season, as they have been miserable over the last few weeks. The Sharks only have one win in their last 18 games and they are 6-26-4 on the road this year. Minnesota is trying to stay in the Wild Card chase in the Western Conference, but they are in some serious trouble. The Wild are 18-12-5 at home this year, but they have lost three of their last four games. Minnesota has allowed 11 goals in their last two games, while San Jose has allowed 28 goals in their last five. We should see plenty of goals in this game, especially for the Wild, so give me Minnesota to win by at least two goals. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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