San Jose Sharks (42-22-6-1) vs. Minnesota Wild (43-22-4-2)
NHL: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 8:00pm EST
Line: Minnesota -140/San Jose +120
The Minnesota Wild will look to put an end to their five game losing streak when they host the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night from the Xcel Energy Center. The Sharks fell 2-1 to the Ducks on Saturday night, and take on the Stars Monday night, and the Wild were edged 5-4 to the Jets on Sunday evening. The Wild won the first meeting 5-4 and also took the second meeting, winning by a 3-1 score.
Sharks Look to Avoid Third Straight Loss to Wild
The San Jose Sharks will be looking to beat the Wild for the first time this season after dropping the first two contests. Logan Couture continued his hot play by scoring the Sharks lone goal in their 2-1 loss to the Ducks on Saturday night. Couture has tallied six points over his last four games, and now has 25 goals and 27 assists on the year. The 27-year old center has one assist and is a minus two in two games against the Wild this season. Brent Burns has been very quiet, going five consecutive games without a point heading into Monday night’s contest against the Stars. The 6-foot-5 defensemen only has four points this month, but overall he is having a spectacular season, scoring 27 goals along with 43 assists. The Sharks are 6-4 over their last ten games and have been very consistent defensively this season. They are now scoring an average of 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 16th in the NHL.
San Jose will likely with Aaron Dell between the pipes. Dell has been tremendous in his backup role, posting a dazzling 1.91 GAA along with a 10-4-1 record. The Sharks play strong defense, allowing an average of only 2.3 goals per game, good for third in the NHL.
Wild Edged by Jets in Fifth Straight Loss
The Minnesota Wild erased a 4-0 deficit to tie the game but could not take the lead in their tough 5-4 road loss to the Jets on Sunday. The Wild fired a whopping 45 shots on goal but just could not end their tough losing skid. Mikael Granlund found the back of the net but was a minus two. The speedy center has been very productive, scoring four goals along with two assists over his last six games, and leads the Wild in points with 66 in 70 games played. Granlund has recorded two assists in two games against the Sharks this season. Eric Staal has put up big numbers against the Sharks this season, scoring four goals along with one assist in two games. The 32-year old center has collected six points over his last six games and sits second in team scoring with 24 goals and 30 assists on the season. The Wild are in a bit of a tailspin right now, losing five straight games and are now 2-8 over their last ten games. Minnesota is scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, ranking them second in the NHL.
The Wild will go with Devan Dubynk in this contest. Dubnyk is having another outstanding season, featuring a 2.12 GAA and is 36-17-3 on the season. Minnesota is allowing an average of 2.5 goals per game, placing them eighth in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks are:
- 2-8 in their last 10 games in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Wild are:
- 11-3 in their last 13 games against the Pacific division.
- 18-8 in their last 26 home games.
- the home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings between San Jose and Minnesota.
I am going with the Wild in this one. Minnesota has had the Sharks number this season, winning both games and managed to score a combined eight goals against San Jose’s strong defense and goaltending. The Sharks have only scored one goal in each of their last two games so I can’t trust them on the road going against Devan Dubnyk and the Wild who are very tough to beat at home. The Sharks rarely win in Minnesota and I think that trend will continue in this one.