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Wild Look to End Season-Worst Slump Against Suddenly Toothless Sharks

A heavyweight battle between the Sharks and Wild tonight is one that’s lining up to be a preview of the Western Conference final. With both teams in their worst slumps of the season, they’ll be highly motivated to get the ship righted this evening. San Jose, however, is on the second half of a back-to-back and could be in trouble against a Wild team looking to bring a five-game losing streak to an end.

SHARK BITES
  • The Sharks are actually 7-3 SU in their last 10 games on the 2nd half of a back-to-back.
  • The Sharks are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games on the road against the Wild.
  • The visiting team is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games in this matchup.

Good teams slumping into the playoffs is a trend pretty apparent across the entire NHL landscape right now and the question that will be inevitably asked of the Wild is – did they peak too early? With Bruce Boudreau as your coach, that’s absolutely a fair question. The former Ducks and Capitals coach has a reputation for putting up great regular-season results but not performing in the playoffs. If this trend continues in Minnesota, the Wild are well on their way to another early exit in the postseason.

The good news for the Wild here is that they’ve taken both matchups with the Sharks this season, winning by a combined score of 8-5. Their last matchup happened just over two weeks ago when the Wild earned a 3-1 puckline win at the Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota is still the best puckline bet in the NHL despite a horrible run of late and a wager on the Wild to win by two goals or more this evening will fetch a value of +175 over at Bovada.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Minnesota Wild in this one found them earlier as -140 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3-2.4 win for the Sharks on Tuesday. 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 43-22-6. The San Jose Sharks are 42-23-7. Betting totals have seen the Wild post a 36-27-8 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sharks have gone 17-34-21 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs San Jose injuries news.

The Sharks - Wild odds would favor the Sharks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 14 in the current Odds Shark poll, while San Jose is at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Wild No. 2-ranked offense (3.27 goals per game) against a San Jose Sharks defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.31 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 21% rate while the Sharks have a 82.07% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

San Jose was a 1-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Stars. They lost as -146 underdogs, while the total score of 1 made winners of UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Jets. Bettors on Winnipeg at +122 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • San Jose is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Jose is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • San Jose is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • San Jose is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Jose at Dallas, Friday, March 24th
Minnesota home to Philadelphia, Thursday, March 23rd

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