San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 4/16/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+160) Wild (-185)
Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (18-20-4) travel to Xcel Energy Center on Friday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (25-13-3). The Wild open this game at -185 while the Sharks are coming in at +160. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Sharks will look for better times on the ice after their 4-1 loss to the Ducks their last time on the ice. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 55.1% and their PDO rating was 90.0 in this game. They tallied 26 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 21 attempts to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick was 31 and the Fenwick Against sat at 26, meaning the had a Fenwick percentage of 54.4%. The Corsi for the Sharks came in at 41 and the Corsi against was 39 which means they had a Corsi rate of 51.3%. San Jose accumulated 18 mins in the box in this contest. They also had 3 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. The Sharks had a below average offensive outing in this defeat. For the game, they converted 1 out of the 28 shots they attempted.
San Jose Sharks opponents have totaled 138 power play tries (4th in professional hockey) and have come away with 27 goals in those chances. The Sharks have had 1,331 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .896. San Jose has tried 1,272 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.6%. When playing at even strength, the Sharks have conceded 112 goals while scoring 89 of their own. San Jose comes into the game with 121 power play opportunities and they have tallied 20 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 16.53%. For the current season, they have scored 40 points and their points percentage is sitting at .476. Regarding their scoring capabilities, the San Jose Sharks have accumulated 109 goals (25th in the National Hockey League) on the season and have conceded 139.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Martin Jones. Jones has taken the ice for 355 contests throughout his hockey career. He has amassed a record of 186-129-27 and he started in 348 games. The opposition has racked up 878 goals versus Jones in his professional hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.58. Jones has had 9,627 shots against him and has amassed 8,749 total saves. His save percentage currently sits at .909 for his 20,394 mins played. Over the course of his pro career, Jones has 184 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .529.
In their last contest, Minnesota played the Coyotes in a matchup where the Wild ended up with the win by a mark of 5-2. They had 3 power play opportunities in this matchup and notched 3 out of those opportunities. The Wild earned 5 goals of the 22 shots on goal they were seeking. Their PDO at even strength was 108 and their oZS percentage was 39.1%. Minnesota earned a 45.9% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Minnesota played and we'd say they played well overall. Their Fenwick rate came in at 46.2% by notching a Fenwick of 24 and the Coyotes finishing with a 28 Fenwick at even strength.
Minnesota has attempted 1,173 shots (28th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 10.49%, while allowing their opponents 1,268 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 83.70% on their opponents 135 chances on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 91.3%. They have earned 129 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 17.05%. The Wild have tallied 101 goals at even strength and 22 goals (21st in hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 110 goals to be scored by of a combination of 88 goals at even strength and 22 goals while they had less men on the ice. This season, the Minnesota Wild have accounted for 123 goals, 53 points, in addition to a points percentage of .646.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Cam Talbot in the crease. Talbot has accrued a career mark of 163-128-28 and has played in 337 games. Talbot's quality start rate sits at 52.6% and he has 170 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has racked up 9,056 saves out of 9,888 shots attempted, giving him a rate of .916. Teams are averaging 2.59 goals per game and he has allowed 832 goals in total. He got the starting nod in 323 games and his ice time sits at 19,250 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (+160)
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