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Minnesota Wild take on Sharks in hockey test

Minnesota WildSan Jose Sharks
April 18, 10:30 PM | HP Pavilion

Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks Odds

24-16-3TEAM RECORD23-13-7

The visiting Wild hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at HP Pavilion against the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks sport records of 23-13-7 heading into this matchup, while the Wild sit at 24-16-3 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-22-8 for the Sharks and 18-20-5 for the Wild.

View Minnesota vs San Jose Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NHL line for this matchup, San Jose sat as -147 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Sharks and the No. 13-ranked Wild, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Jose's No. 21-ranked offense (2.5 goals per game) against a Wild defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Sharks powerplay has clicked at a 19.1% rate while the Wild have a 82.7% rate on the penalty kill.

The Wild were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Oilers. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for San Jose, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Kings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -107 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Minnesota Wild Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Florida are 3-3-2
After playing Edmonton are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

San Jose Sharks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Los Angeles are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Wild at Sharks trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games on the road
Minnesota is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
San Jose is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
San Jose is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
San Jose is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
San Jose is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Calgary, Sunday, April 21
San Jose home to Columbus, Sunday, April 21