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NHL Game Preview - Wild underdogs vs Sharks at Minnesota

San Jose Sharks

Minnesota Wild
19-5-5 December 08, 2013, 06:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 17-9-5

NHL wagering interest swings to the Minnesota vs San Jose battle on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center as the Wild try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

This season the Wild are 17-9-5 overall while the Sharks are 19-5-5. As for the totals, Minnesota is 9-16-6 on the OU, and San Jose is 16-11-2.

View San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Wild in this one found them earlier as 124 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

This game puts the Wild, most recently No. 15 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Sharks, who rate a No. 8 in the latest survey.

San Jose lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Hurricanes on December 6. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at +155 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 23-ranked offense (2.39 goals per game) against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.48 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 20.79% rate while the Sharks have a 81.71% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
San Jose home to New York, Tuesday, December 10th
Minnesota at Anaheim, Wednesday, December 11th