San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 1/22/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+133) Wild (-150)
Xcel Energy Center is the venue where Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (3-1-0) will take on the San Jose Sharks (2-2-0) on Friday. The odds on this game have the Sharks priced at +133 and the Wild are at -150. The total is set at 5.5.
The Sharks went home feeling good about their game by earning a 2 - 1 victory over the Blues in their last game. The Sharks offense left a lot to be desired in the win. For the outing, they earned a goal on 2 of the 38 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 7 power play chances but weren't able to score. San Jose ended up with 10 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 36 and the Corsi against was 37 giving them a Corsi percentage of 49.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 while the Fenwick against sat at 30, meaning they had a rate of 50.0%. They earned 15 face-off wins and lost 18 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 41.7% and they had a PDO of 99.0 in this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the St. Louis Blues racked up a total of 23 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 14 minutes in the box and they notched 5 power play opportunities.
The man in net for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 31 years old and has played 175 mins in net for the year. Jones is surrendering 3.08 goals against average which has him ranked 9th among Western Conference goaltenders and 19th in the NHL. For the year, he's surrendered 9 goals. He holds a save % of .893 which has him ranked 10th among Western Conference goaltenders. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 11 goals which has them sitting at 8th in the conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is -3, which is good for 22nd in the league. The Sharks currently have a total of 4 points, which has them sitting at 20th in the league and 9th in the West. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 133 which has them sitting at 5th in the conference and 8th in the league. As a unit, San Jose has obtained a total of 57 hits which has them averaging 14.3 per game. They currently have a total of 41 blocks for this season.
The Wild opposed the Ducks in a matchup where the Wild got the victory by a final score of 3 - 2. Minnesota went home with a 46.9% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 46 while they gave up a Corsi of 52. They had a Fenwick percentage of 43.7% with a Fenwick of 31 and the Ducks having earned a 40 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Minnesota had and we'd say they played an average game. Their PDO at even strength was 94.3 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 48.8%. The Wild converted 3 goals of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing and converted 1 out of those attempts. Regarding the opposition, the Ducks had 2 power play opportunities but didn't put the puck in goal. Minnesota conceded 24 shots on goal and the Ducks racked up a total of 8 penalty mins.
In goal for Minnesota is Cam Talbot who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.27 goals per contest and that ranks him 6th among Western Conference goaltenders and 13th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 185 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has allowed 7 goals. He holds a save % of .926, which has him ranking 5th among Western Conference goaltenders and 11th among goaltenders in the NHL. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the conference and 13th in the league with +2. They have compiled a total of 11 goals for the season which has them sitting at 7th in the West. Minnesota has a team save % of .924 which currently has them ranked 9th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 8.0% which is good for 13th in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take San Jose (+133)
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