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Wild Return Home After Successful Road Trip

Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates Charlie Coyle and Mikko Koivu

The Minnesota Wild head back to the Land of 10,000 Lakes Sunday to host the San Jose Sharks. The Wild are coming off an impressive three-game road trip that saw the team going a perfect 3-0-0 while outscoring opponents 13-6. However, Eric Staal and company are actually just 2-2-1 in their past five games at Xcel Energy Center.

SHARK BITES
  • The Wild are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games vs the Sharks at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Sharks last 8 games on the road.
  • The Sharks have only lost three-straight games three times this season.

This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season after the Wild squeaked out a 4-3 overtime victory over the Sharks back on December 11. That game was highlighted by Staal, who notched two goals and an assist for the Wild. The eldest Staal brother comes into Sunday’s game playing his best hockey of the season, racking up nine goals and six assists in his past 11 games.

The Sharks have dropped their past two games – both on the road – in convincing fashion. San Jose lost to Nashville 7-1 on Thursday and then 3-1 to Chicago on Friday. Defense and goaltending - though overall solid on the season – has dealt with periodic spurts of inefficiency that has hurt a team that doesn’t score a ton of goals.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Minnesota Wild in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -150 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Sunday's contest. The over-under total was at 5.5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.4-2.3 result in favor of the Wild today. 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 Wild sit at 34-20-7 on the season; in comparison, the San Jose Sharks are currently 33-21-8. Looking to wager on the totals? Minnesota is 31-27-3 OU, and San Jose is 23-38-1 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs San Jose injuries news.

This game puts the Minnesota Wild, most recently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the San Jose Sharks, who rate a No. 9 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Minnesota's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 3.03 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.79 goals allowed. The Wild power play is averaging 21.11% while the Sharks defense kills off 84.07% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Sharks were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Blackhawks. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -126 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Minnesota at -160 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Jose's last 8 games on the road
  • San Jose is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
  • San Jose is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
  • Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Minnesota is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games at home
  • Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose

Next Betting Matchups

San Jose home to Edmonton, Tuesday, February 27th
Minnesota home to St. Louis, Tuesday, February 27th

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