San Jose Sharks

Minnesota Wild


MIN Wild -1.5 Point Spread

Under 6.0 Game Totals

Puck Line Pick

The Wild come in with a slight rest advantage as the Sharks will have just played on Saturday night. Furthermore, the Wild may be in a little turmoil right now as it was announced that they fired their coach on Friday. Whether this has an immediate effect on the Wild as a whole remains to be seen. However, with where they are in the standings, Minnesota cannot afford to be distracted. Not only do they have a rest advantage, but they will be playing this game at home where they are 17-8-5. The home team is 21-9 in the last 30 head to head meetings. Also, San Jose is 4-10 in the last 14 meetings played in Minnesota. That being said, I have to lean to the home side even with a new coach making the calls.

Over Under Pick

It is already known that neither of these squads are great at scoring. On the season, the Wild average 3.1 goals, while the Sharks average 2.6. We also know that this is the second night of a back to back for San Jose, so they are likely to have tired legs. Looking back on the season, the Sharks have played 8 other back to backs. They have scored an average of 2.5 goals per game and have allowed 3.5 goals per game in the second night of these back to backs. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 road games for the Sharks and that is where I lean in this game as well.