Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks Prediction, 12/22/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2022
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-160) Sharks (+132)
The San Jose Sharks (10-18-6) welcome the Minnesota Wild (18-11-2) at SAP Center on Thursday. The odds on this game have Minnesota at -160 and San Jose is sitting at +132. The over/under comes in at 6.
The Minnesota Wild were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-2 victory over the Senators their last time out. Minnesota accumulated 6 mins in the box in this contest. The Wild had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the win. Moreover, they had 3 chances with extra men on the ice but didn't get a goal. For the matchup, they converted 4 of the 23 shots they put on goal.
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In regard to their scoring capabilities, the Minnesota Wild have earned 97 goals (22nd in pro hockey) so far this season and have conceded 88. For the current campaign, they sit with 38 points and their points percentage comes in at .613. Minnesota has compiled 101 power play chances and they have tallied 25 goals out of those advantages, earning them a percentage of 24.75%. At even strength, the Wild have given up 67 goals while earning 72 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota has taken 960 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.1%. The Wild so far have had 911 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .903. Minnesota Wild opponents have amassed 106 power play opportunities (13th in professional hockey) and have come away with 21 goals in those chances.
The man in net for this game is Filip Gustavsson. Gustavsson has participated in 39 matchups during his pro hockey career. He has an overall record of 17-17-4 and he started in 34 games. The opposition has scored 106 goals versus Gustavsson in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.86. Gustavsson has seen 1,173 shot attempts against him and has amassed 1,067 saves. His save percentage is .910 in his 2,223 minutes guarding the cage. For his professional hockey career, Gustavsson is sitting with 21 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .618.
In their last contest, San Jose faced the Flames in a game where the Sharks ended up losing by a final of 7-3. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Sharks netted 3 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they took.
For the season, the San Jose Sharks are sitting with 102 goals, 26 points, as well as a points percentage of .382. They have granted a total of 123 goals to be scored by way of 107 goals at even strength and 16 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Sharks have earned 82 goals at even strength and 20 goals (24th in pro hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have a total of 93 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 21.51%. San Jose has attempted 1,012 shots (17th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.08%, while allowing the opposition 1,051 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 84.16% on their opponents 101 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 88.3%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see James Reimer protecting the net. He has recorded 12,049 stops out of 13,205 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .912. Reimer has a lifetime mark of 198-157-56 and has played in 451 games. He has started in 415 games and has been on the ice for 24,665 minutes. Reimer's quality start percentage comes in at 52.5% and he has earned 218 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. Teams are averaging 2.81 goals per game and he has conceded 1,156 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take San Jose (+132) and under 6 goals
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