San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Xcel Energy Center
Sharks at Wild TV Coverage: NBCSN
San Jose went a rather disappointing 3-3 at home during its recent six-game home stretch and is now facing a charge from its division rivals with three teams within seven points of the Sharks. The Sharks have been a solid road team this season with a record of 19-12-3, but the wager to make in San Jose games has been the under. Under has a record of 33-17-21 in Sharks games with the high number of pushes coming because of totals of 5.
Lately the recipe has been simple for the Sharks. If they score three goals or more they win and if they score less than that they lose. In each of their four losses over their last ten, they only tallied one goal and unsurprisingly lost all four.
Minnesota has to start to rally in a hurry. The Wild have played a tough schedule with road games against teams like Washington, Chicago, and Columbus over their last ten, but have dropped some winnable ones as well. The good news is that seven of their last 11 games are at home, but they will face some tough opponents in Minneapolis as well.
Interestingly, the last home win Minnesota tallied came against San Jose two weeks ago. The Wild topped the Sharks 3-1 thanks to a brace from Eric Staal and a solid defensive performance. San Jose was held to just 21 shots on goal on the night and couldn’t score on any of its three power play opportunities either.
The Sharks have three players listed on their injury report and all three are listed as day-to-day even though they have been out varying amounts of time. David Schlemko has been out for over two weeks with a lower-body injury even though he is listed as day-to-day, but keeps traveling with the team and seems ready to return any day now. Melker Karlsson and Jannik Hansen are also labeled as day-to-day.
Minnesota was ravaged by a case of the mumps a couple weeks ago, but that has subsided and almost everyone is available for this tilt. Victor Bartley is still listed on the IR although he has been out since October with a torn triceps and Christian Folin is listed as day-to-day.
Player to Watch
It’s been real tough sledding for Devan Dubnyk over the last two weeks. Dubnyk seems to have lost whatever mojo that he had this season and has collapsed over the team’s last set of games. Dubnyk has lost each of his last five starts and only looked like his typical self against Carolina, giving up just two goals on 23 shots.
However, Dubnyk was rocked by Winnipeg for 5 goals on just 21 shots on Sunday night and now has a save percentage under .880 during this stretch. His confidence looks a bit shaken and that’s disastrous for a team that relies on him.
Sharks at Wild Free Picks
San Jose has been pretty up and down offensively this season, but the Sharks have another Pacific Division crown in sight. They know they need to get points out of games like this and the Wild are reeling. With Dubnyk struggling, this is the perfect time for San Jose to put it together on offense and send another shot across the bow to the Wild. Trust Joe Thornton and his cohorts as underdogs on the road.
Sharks at Wild Pick: Put your money on the Sharks moneyline
Sharks at Wild Score Prediction: Sharks 4 – Wild 2