San Jose and Minnesota will tilt this evening in a game that has the potential to be this year’s Western Conference final and if you don’t plan on tuning in – you may as well hand in your membership to the good hockey game fan club. There have been a ton of juicy matchups the last few days but this is one of my favorites. The Sharks can extend their winning streak to four with a victory while a W for the Wild would put them back into first place in the Central.
– Shark BITES
- The Wild are likely to have Parise and Pominville (Mumps) back in the lineup tonight.
- The Wild are 6-3 on the puckline in their last 9 games as a favorite of -140 or more.
- Devan Dubnyk allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in his last contest against the Sharks.
These are two of the best teams in the NHL so forecasting a winner is tough. With that in mind, I’ll be looking at where I can grab some value and what pops out to me is the Wild puckline. With a record of 19-24 and a profit margin of over $1200 for $100 bettors, Minnesota is by far the best bet in the NHL when favored by 1.5 goals – which they are tonight.
This bet is by no means a lock, as the Sharks have one of the best road goal differentials. What it is, though, is a bet that will get you paid if it lands, as it was being offered at a price of +225 over at Bovada at the time of writing.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
NHL Hockey odds makers at Bovada had the Minnesota Wild as -125 moneyline favorites in this betting matchup. Those over under betting saw the line open at 5.5 at BetOnline.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.4-2.1 win for the Sharks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Minnesota Wild currently sport a record of 41-15-6. The San Jose Sharks are 38-18-7. Betting totals have seen the Wild post a 32-22-8 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sharks have gone 15-29-19 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs San Jose injuries news.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Minnesota Wild rated this week at No. 7 and the San Jose Sharks sitting at No. 4.
Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Wild No. 2-ranked offense (3.37 goals per game) against a San Jose Sharks defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.33 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 21.97% rate while the Sharks have a 81.37% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
San Jose was a 3-1 winner in its last match at home against the Canucks. They won as favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.
Minnesota lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Blue Jackets on March 02. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at -123 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
- San Jose is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose’s last 5 games
- San Jose is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
- Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Minnesota is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
- Minnesota is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
San Jose at Winnipeg, Monday, March 6th
Minnesota home to St. Louis, Tuesday, March 7th