san jose sharks vs minnesota wild prediction and preview

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NHL san jose sharks vs minnesota wild prediction and preview


 

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The Minnesota Wild will travel to the SAP Center at San Jose on Monday night to take on the San Jose Sharks in a West Division battle. These teams have split the first two games they played against one another this season. The Wild (8-6-0, 16 points) are tied for sixth in the West Division and are on a two-game winning streak after defeating the Anaheim Ducks on the road Friday 5-1. The Sharks (7-7-2, 16 points) are also tied for sixth in the West Division and are coming off a road win over the St Louis Blues 5-4 on Friday.

These teams are pretty evenly matched up and this should be a very interesting matchup to predict what happens. Let’s take a deeper dive into Minnesota and San Jose in this matchup to decide where we should be placing our wagers.

 

Wild Style

The Minnesota Wild have been stagnant in the early stages of this season and one of the bright spots is the play of left winger Kirill Kaprizov, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The Wild are dealing with a few wingers on the injury report so it will really test their depth. He is leading the team in points as he is at 11 points (three goals, eight assists) this season. In the last game against the Anaheim Ducks, he finished a pair of assists without taking a shot in 16:45 on the ice. Kaprizov has shown the ability to be a versatile player at times and it’ll be interesting as San Jose is one of the worst defenses in the league.

 

Cam Talbot and Kappo Kahkonen have both spent a good amount of time in the net for the Wild and have not been playing very well. Kahkonen got the nod in the net against the Anaheim Ducks, he allowed one goal on 27 shots in a win to bring his record to 5-4-0. He should remain in goal after a decent game in the net. On the season, he allowed 21 goals on 237 shots. Minnesota ,as a team, has allowed 36 goals this season, which is sixth in the league. They have been above league average in power-play goals against (7) and goals against (52), so this defense could be an issue as the games continue. San Jose has been an average team at scoring the puck so this could be a good game for them to turn their defense around.

Center of Attention

The San Jose Sharks have been stagnant in the early stages of this season and one of the bright spots is the play of center Logan Couture, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season.The Sharks are dealing with Maxim Letunov on the injury report so the depth at center is even more depleted. He is tied for seventh in the league in goals as he is at 15 points (nine goals, six assists) this season and has recorded four points in his last three games. In the last game against the Saint Louis Blues, he scored a pair of goals on two shot attempts in 20:09 on the ice. Couture has shown the ability to be a versatile player at times and it’ll be interesting as Minnesota is one of the better defenses in the league.

 

Martin Jones and Devan Dubnyk have both spent a good amount of time in the net for the Sharks and not been playing very well. Dubynk got the nod in the net against the Saint Louis Blues, he allowed four goals on 32 shots in a loss to bring his record to 1-3-1. On the season, he allowed 17 goals on 188 shots. San Jose, as a team, has allowed 58 goals this season, which is 26th in the league. They have been a little worse than league average in power-play goals against (14) and goals against (60), so this defense could be an issue as the games continue. Minnesota isn’t a threat scoring the puck so this could be a good game for them to turn their defense around.