Wild vs. Sharks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Sharks are listed as a -140 favorite on the moneyline. The Wild are a +120 underdog, while the over-under is 5.5 goals.
Minnesota comes in with a 14-11-2-1 record after a 3-2 overtime win at the Ducks on Friday night. San Jose is 16-10-1-1 following a 5-0 home win Saturday over the Senators. The Wild went 3-0 in three meetings last season. The over-under went 1-1-1.
In the victory at Anaheim, Matt Dumba scored the game-winning goal in overtime off an assist from Charlie Coyle. Zach Mitchell and Jason Zucker each scored a goal in the win, while Zucker also dished out an assist. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves on 28 shots. Minnesota led 2-1 through two periods before allowing the game-tying goal with 6:25 left.
San Jose was paced by goaltender Aaron Dell as he saved all 25 shots sent his way to notch the shutout. Logan Couture tallied a goal and two assists to lead the offense. Tomas Hertl, Melker Karlsson and Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each had one goal apiece. Pavelski also recorded an assist. Brent Burns and Kevin Labanc each accounted for two assists. The Sharks led 3-0 through two periods and added a pair of insurance goals in the third.
Minnesota is 4-15 in its last 19 meetings in San Jose. The home team is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
The Sharks dominated at home one night ago, but now face a back-to-back against a solid Minnesota squad coming off a big win of its own two days ago. Minnesota dominated the meetings last season and with San Jose in a tough situation with no rest, I like Dubnyk and the Wild to keep the hosts at bay and pull off another good road win.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA WILD +120