San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild Predictions, NHL Free Pick 2/15/2020
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+149) Wild (-165)
Xcel Energy Center is the venue where Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild (27-23-7, 6th in the Central Division) will play the San Jose Sharks (24-28-4, 7th in the Pacific Division) on Saturday. The Sharks open this game at +149 while the Wild are priced at -165. The total has been set at 6. The Sharks cover 40.7% of the time, having gone 22-32 SU. Minnesota covers 46.4% of the time, going 26-30 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this game holding a record of 24 wins and 28 defeats, putting them at 7th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 145 goals which puts them at 13th in the West and 28th in the league. Their goal differential is -41, putting them at 29th in the league. The Sharks currently have a total of 52 points, which puts them at 28th in the league and 14th in the Western Conference. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,637 which puts them at 15th in the conference and 30th in the league. As a team, San Jose currently has a total of 1,214 hits which means they are averaging 21.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 630 blocks for the year. In goal for San Jose is Aaron Dell from Airdrie, Alberta. He is 30 years old and has played 1,479 minutes protecting the goal for the campaign. Dell is conceding 2.88 goals per game which puts him at 18th among Western Conference goalies and 39th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he's surrendered 71 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .909 which puts him at 18th among Western Conference goalies.
The San Jose Sharks will need a bounce back game after taking a 6 - 2 defeat against the Calgary Flames in their last contest. The Sharks had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the loss. For this game, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 36 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity and netted 1 goal on that opportunity. San Jose racked up a total of 24 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Sharks was 54 and the Corsi against at even strength was 43 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 55.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 42 while the Fenwick against sat at 37, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.2%. They took 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 19 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 70.0% and they had a PDO of 92.9 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Calgary Flames tallied a total of 37 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty minutes and they tallied 6 power play chances.
The Wild will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they have 27 wins and 23 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are currently ranked 10th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the NHL with -7. They currently have a total of 175 goals for the year which has them sitting at 7th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a save percentage as a team of .897 which is good for 25th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% which is good for 5th in the West. In net for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a bad season by allowing 3.33 goals against average and that places him 32nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 61st in the NHL. In the 1,476 mins he's played this year, he has allowed 82 goals. He has a save % of .893, which has him sitting 30th among Western Conference goaltenders and 59th in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild faced the New York Rangers in a matchup where the Wild ended up losing by a mark of 4 - 3. In this outing, Minnesota had a 44.8% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 47 and their opponent having a Corsi of 58. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 46.1% with a Fenwick of 35 and the Rangers finishing with a 41 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Minnesota played and we'd say they played an average game. Their PDO at even strength was 103.4 and they had an oZS percentage of 41.8%. The Wild netted 3 goals of the 26 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Rangers had 1 power play opportunity but were not able to notch a goal. Minnesota gave up 31 shots on goal and the Rangers earned 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-165)
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