San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 1/24/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+125) Wild (-150)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild (4-1-0) will play the San Jose Sharks (2-3-0) on Sunday. The Wild open this matchup at -150 while the Sharks are priced at +125. The total has been set at 6.5.
The Sharks had a rough game after their 4 - 1 defeat to the Wild in their previous contest. The Sharks had a below average offensive outing in this loss. While out there on the ice, they finished 1 out of the 29 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. San Jose earned 8 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 43 and the Corsi against was 45 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 48.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 26 and the Fenwick against was 35, giving them a rate of 42.6%. They earned 28 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 48.6% and they had a PDO of 87.6 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Minnesota Wild tallied a total of 29 shots. They had 8 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play chances.
The man looking after the net for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 31 years old and has played 175 minutes protecting the goal for the campaign. Jones is conceding an average of 3.08 GAA which places him at 10th among West goaltenders and 22nd in the NHL among goaltenders. For the year, he's surrendered 9 goals. His save percentage is .893 which places him at 12th among West goaltenders. So far this season, they have scored a total of 12 goals which is good for 9th in the Western Conference and 16th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -6, ranking them 29th in the NHL. The Sharks have earned a total of 4 points, which is good for 23rd in the NHL and 10th in the conference. In connection with shots on goal, they have earned a total of 162 which is good for 4th in the Western Conference and 6th in the NHL. As a group, San Jose currently has a total of 63 hits which has them averaging 12.6 per game. They have earned a total of 51 blocks for this year.
In their win over San Jose, Minnesota had a 51.1% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 45 and they gave up a Corsi of 43. They had a Fenwick percentage of 57.4% with a Fenwick of 35 and the Sharks finishing with a 26 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Minnesota had and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 112.4 and their percentage of oZS was 51.7%. The Wild netted 4 goals of the 29 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play chances in this game but didn't score a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Sharks had 3 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Minnesota gave up 29 shots on goal and the Sharks ended up with a total of 8 penalty mins.
In net for Minnesota is Cam Talbot who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.34 goals per game and that has him ranked 6th in the West and 13th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 205 mins he has played, he's given up 8 goals. He has a save % of .925, which has him placed 6th in the West and 11th in the NHL among goaltenders. Regarding goal differential, they rank 3rd in the conference and 5th in the NHL with +5. They have a total of 15 goals for this season which has them sitting at 5th in the conference. Minnesota has a team save percentage of .932 which is good for 6th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 9.0% ranking them 10th in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (-150)
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