Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks Prediction, 4/24/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-137) Sharks (+117)
Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (18-23-5) play the Minnesota Wild (29-13-3) at SAP Center on Saturday. The odds on this game have the Wild coming in at -137 and the Sharks are at +117. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Wild went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4-1 win over the Coyotes the last time they stepped on the ice. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 31.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 118.2 in this game. They had 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 opportunities to control the puck. Their Fenwick was 29 and the Fenwick against finished at 44, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 39.7%. The Corsi for the Wild was sitting at 33 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 60 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 35.5%. Minnesota accrued 2 minutes in the box for this matchup. They also had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to make the most of that try. The Wild had a good offensive outing and it showed in the win. For the outing, they converted 4 out of the 23 shots they put on goal.
The Wild have had 1,382 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .915. When playing at even strength, the Wild have given up 94 goals while getting 115 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota Wild opponents have tallied 141 power play opportunities (14th in the NHL) and have scored 23 goals in those attempts. For the season, they sit with 61 points and their points percentage is sitting at .678. Minnesota has taken 1,266 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.1%. With respect to their goal scoring prowess, the Minnesota Wild have accounted for 140 goals (12th in the NHL) on the year and have surrendered 117. Minnesota has tallied 140 power play opportunities and they have scored 25 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 17.86%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Kaapo Kahkonen. The opposition has scored 67 goals against Kahkonen in his professional hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.72. Kahkonen has played in 25 matchups during his NHL career. His save percentage sits at .911 for his 1,477 mins guarding the cage. He has amassed an overall mark of 16-8-1 and got the start in 24 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Kahkonen has recorded 13 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .542. Kahkonen has seen 751 shots taken against him and has recorded 684 saves.
The last time they were on the ice, San Jose played the Golden Knights in a matchup where the Sharks took the defeat by a final score of 5-2. They had 3 power play chances in this matchup but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Sharks netted 2 goals of the 33 shots on goal they took. Their PDO was 96 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 37.5%. San Jose had a 45.2% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game San Jose played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick percentage was 43.4% by tallying a Fenwick of 36 and the Golden Knights having earned a 47 Fenwick at even strength.
San Jose has taken 1,386 shots (13th in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.44%, while allowing their opponents 1,457 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 79.74% on their oppositions 153 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 89.4%. They have earned 129 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 15.50%. The Sharks have earned 97 goals at even strength and 20 goals (27th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have permitted 154 goals to be scored by way of 123 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they had less men on the ice. Over the course of the season, the San Jose Sharks have accounted for 117 goals, 41 points, as well as a points percentage of .446.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Martin Jones in the crease. Jones has compiled a lifetime mark of 186-131-28 and has played in 358 games. Jones' quality start rate comes out to 52.7% and he has made 185 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has a tally of 8,821 saves out of the 9,709 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save % of .909. The opposition is averaging 2.59 goals/game and he has allowed 888 goals overall. He was named a starter in 351 games and has played 20,557 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take San Jose (+117)
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