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San Jose Sharks home to Wild in hockey betting action

Minnesota Wild

San Jose Sharks
18-10-5 December 12, 2013, 10:30 PM | SAP Center 19-6-6

The San Jose Sharks battle the visiting Minnesota Wild on Thursday in NHL betting action at SAP Center.

The Sharks sit at 19-6-6 on the season; in comparison, the Wild are currently 18-10-5. Looking to wager on the totals? San Jose is 16-13-2 OU, and Minnesota is 9-18-6 OU.

View Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks Odds and Stats.

The Wild were listed as 181 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Thursday at BetOnline.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 13-ranked Sharks and the No. 19-rated Wild in this matchup.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Ducks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at -130 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Sharks were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Islanders. That made winners of bettors who got New York at +275 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Jose's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 3.32 goals per game, against a Wild defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.33 goals allowed. The Sharks power play is averaging 17.83% while the Wild defense kills off 79.25% of their penalties.

Next up:
Minnesota at Quebec, Saturday, December 14th
San Jose at Nashville, Saturday, December 14th