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Wild Look to Start a New Winning Streak vs Sharks

The Minnesota Wild enjoyed a December to remember after putting 12 straight wins on the board to end the month, but a New Year’s Eve loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets quickly halted that streak. The Wild will look to get back on track vs the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Sportsbooks opened the Wild as +115 pups with a total of 5.

Shark Bites
  • The Wild are 6-0 SU in their last six games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The Sharks are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games after consecutive losses.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Sharks' last 10 games at home against teams with winning records.

Netminder Devan Dubnyk is a major reason for Minny’s success, as the goaltender has posted a 10-1-1 mark with a stingy 1.88 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his last 12 starts. Dubnyk hasn’t fared well against the Sharks in his career, losing 10 of 15 decisions to the California club.

San Jose has been absolutely dominant in the Golden State against Minnesota in recent years, as the Sharks own a 6-1 SU home record in their last seven meetings with the Wild.

The OVER is red-hot when the Wild take the ice. In Minnesota’s last five tilts, the OVER is 5-0.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, San Jose sat as -135 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 2.8-2.4 result in favor of the Wild. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The San Jose Sharks currently sport a record of 23-13-2. The Minnesota Wild are 23-9-4. Betting totals have seen the Sharks post a 6-20-12 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Wild have gone 13-16-7 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Jose vs Minnesota injuries news.

The Wild - Sharks odds would favor the Wild if the lines were set according to our power ranks. San Jose is rated No. 7 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Minnesota is at No. 3.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits San Jose's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 2.5 goals per game, against a Wild defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.11 goals allowed. The Sharks power play is averaging 16% while the Wild defense kills off 85.71% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wild were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

San Jose lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Kings on January 03. Bettors who backed the Kings at +137 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Minnesota is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • San Jose is 6-17 ATS in its last 23 games
  • San Jose is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • San Jose is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games at home
  • San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Los Angeles, Saturday, January 7th
San Jose home to Detroit, Saturday, January 7th