NHL Preview and Free Pick: San Jose Sharks vs. Minnesota Wild
Tonight’s nationally televised NHL game is a meeting of two Western Conference squads in the thick of
the playoff race. The San Jose Sharks take a four-game winning streak into the Xcel Energy Center in St.
Paul for a meeting with the Minnesota Wild.
Date/Time/TV: Mon. March 11, 8:00 PM EST, NBCSN
Money Line: San Jose Sharks -125, Minnesota Wild +105
Over the current four-game run, the Sharks have outscored opponents to the tune of 17-9. All four of
those victories have come at home. For the year, San Jose is 41-19-8. That gives them 90 points,
which is good enough for 2nd place in the conference.
Minnesota has been off since Friday when they went down to defeat in a road game to the Florida
Panthers by a score of 6-2. That was the team’s third loss in its last four outings. The Wild are 33-28-
8 on the season, which translates into 74 points and 8th place in the west.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose is just a single point behind the conference leading Calgary Flames. The team is an
excellent 7-2-1 (4-5-1 O/U) for its last 10 outings. The club has been strong on the road as well with
a record of 18-14-3 in away games.
Martin Jones is expected to be in net tonight. He’s 33-13-5 for the year with a 2.89 GAA and .898
save percentage. Jones has victories in four of his last five with 13 goals allowed. Joe Pavelski tops
the team in goals with 36, while Brent Burns leads the way with 60 assists.
Despite being winless in three of their last four, the Wild have been playing well on an overall basis.
Two of the losses over that span came via the shootout. Over the last 10, Minnesota is 6-2-2 (2-7-1
O/U). The Wild are just slightly better than average at home with a mark of 14-13-6.
Devan Dubnyk is the probable starter in goal. He brings a record of 27-22-6 to the table with a .911
save percentage and a 2.59 GAA. Dubnyk has wins in three of his last five while allowing 11 goals.
Zach Parise leads the way with 24 goals, while Ryan Suter tops the team with 37 assists.
Sharks vs. Wild Prediction
These two clubs have hooked up twice already this season with the Sharks winning both times. They
picked up a 4-3 win in San Jose in November, and followed that up with a 4-0 victory in Minnesota
the following month. Minnesota has won six of the last 10 meetings with San Jose, with two of those
games going to OT.
The Sharks are on a hot streak, while the Wild have been playing really well themselves. That should
translate into a close and back-and-forth affair. In the end, the Sharks are one of the beast teams in
the league, and we’ll look for them to pick up the road victory.
San Jose Sharks vs. Minnesota Wild Pick: San Jose Sharks -125