Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks Prediction, 3/29/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-150) Sharks (+136)
Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (13-16-4) play the Minnesota Wild (21-10-1) at SAP Center on Monday. The Wild open this matchup at -150 while the Sharks are priced at +136. The total is set at 5.5.
The Wild had a good night with a 2-0 win against the Blues in their last contest. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 30.8% and they had a PDO of 125.0 for this game. They recorded 19 face-off victories when at even strength and lost on 21 attempts to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 15 and the Fenwick against was 43, giving them a Fenwick rate of 25.9%. The Corsi for the Wild was sitting at 22 and the Corsi against was 54 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 28.9%. Minnesota tallied 16 penalty mins in this matchup. In addition, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score a goal. The Wild didn't have their best offensive outing in the victory. In the matchup, they tallied a score on 2 of the 11 shots they tried.
Minnesota Wild opponents have tallied 105 power play tries (13th in the league) and have scored 15 goals in those chances. The Wild have had 965 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .919. Minnesota has taken 935 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.1%. At even strength, the Wild have surrendered 63 goals while having 84 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota has 103 power play chances and they have scored 10 goals during those chances, earning them a percentage of 9.71%. For the current campaign, they have racked up 43 points and their points % is .672. In reference to their goal scoring prowess, the Minnesota Wild have racked up 94 goals (18th in the NHL) so far this year and have surrendered 78.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Kaapo Kahkonen. Kahkonen has participated in 22 contests throughout his pro hockey career. He has amassed a record of 15-6-1 and he was named the starter in 21 games. Opponents have scored 53 goals versus Kahkonen in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.45. Kahkonen has had 653 shots taken against him and has recorded 600 total saves. He has a save percentage of .919 in his 1,300 minutes in the crease. Over the course of his pro career, Kahkonen has accrued 12 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .571.
The last time they were on the ice, San Jose faced the Coyotes in a game where the Sharks ended up losing by a tally of 4-0. San Jose wound up with a 59.3% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that San Jose played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their Fenwick rate came in at 58.7% with a Fenwick of 37 and the Coyotes ending the game with a 26 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO was 83 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 68.0%. The Sharks tallied 0 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 chance on the power play in this outing but weren't able to score a goal.
The Sharks have accumulated 70 goals at even strength and 17 goals (25th in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. San Jose has tried 975 shots (19th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 8.92%, while allowing the other team 1,069 shots. This season, the San Jose Sharks have earned 87 goals, 30 points, and a points percentage of .455. They have recorded 92 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 18.48%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 79.49% on their oppositions 117 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 89.4%. They have allowed 113 goals to be scored by way of 89 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are going to see Martin Jones in net. Jones has earned a lifetime record of 181-126-27 and has been in net for 347 contests. Jones' quality start rate comes out to 52.9% and he has made 180 quality starts in his pro career. He has recorded 8,543 saves out of 9,400 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .909. The opposition is averaging 2.58 goals per contest and he has conceded 857 goals overall. He has been a starter 340 games and has accumulated 19,930 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (-150)
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