Two Western Conference teams will square off in Minneapolis on Tuesday evening. The San Jose Sharks have just three games left this season, before the postseason. San Jose has already clinched their spot in the postseason, and are 44-29-6 on the season. The Sharks have 94 points, which is 3 behind Los Angeles and 2 behind the Ducks. For Minnesota, they need to keep winning games to seal their spot. The Wild are 5 points ahead of the Avalanche for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. Any win for Minnesota will seal the deal. Find out the updated NHL online betting spread here.
San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild NHL Odds Analysis
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Where: Minneapolis, MN
TV: CSN-CA+, FS-N
Radio: SiriusXM Radio, XM Internet 943
Stream Option: NHL Stream
NHL Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Wild
The Minnesota Wild have dropped three straight games, but are still on the verge of making the postseason. The Wild are sort of backing their way into the postseason, but need just a single win to do so. Minnesota is 15th in the league in goals scored, with 2.7 per game, and 8th, allowing 2.5 goals per game. The Wild center Mikko Koivu leads the team with 55 points, but does not lead in either goals scored or assists. Zach Parise leads the team with 25 goals, and Ryan Suter has 43 assists.
Why Bet on the Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are coming off a 3-2 overtime win on the road at the Nashville Predators. The win was big for the Sharks, because it kept them in the hunt for the Pacific Division title. The Sharks are third in the league in goals, with 2.9 per game. The top scorer for San Jose has been center Joe Thornton, with 18 goals and 60 assists. The Sharks have used a very effective power play unit, which ranks third in the league. San Jose has already surpassed their point total from a season ago by 5 points.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
This should be a pretty fun hockey game. Both teams still have a ton to play for. Obviously for Minnesota, they want to get into the postseason, and for San Jose, they would love to find a way to win the division. Martin Jones and Devin Dubnyk are the likely goaltenders for this game, and both have been up and down most of the season. In the end, the home team is going to use their crowd to seal the deal on a playoff spot. The bet for this game is the Minnesota Wild -118 over the San Jose Sharks.