Wild vs Sharks Pick: Monday, February 22nd

Wild vs Sharks Pick: Monday, February 22nd: All of a sudden, the Wild have a strong offensive, forward group. Let’s start with what’s changed, and that is a healthy Mats, Zuccarello. He is precisely the sniper this team desperately needs. He has 3 points in 3 games since he’s returned. He plays on a line with Kirill Kaprizov, who’s incredibly gifted offensively. The 23 yr old from the KHL is playing like a Calder trophy winner. He has 11p in 14 games and watch that rise quickly playing on a line with Zuccarello. In his last two years playing for CSKA Moscow, he scored 63 goals. Their 1st line is tough to play against, with 6’6 225 pound Jordan Greenway playing alongside Joel Ericsson Ek and Kevin Fiala. Fiala is a Corsi darling who is ranked as the 8th best right winger in the NHL. That leaves you with a great bottom 6 in Zach Parise, Ryan Hartman, Marcus Foligno, Nico Sturm, Nick Bonino, and Nick Bjugstad. That’s a deep forward group. They have Ryan Suter, Matt Dumba, and Jared Spurgeon split up in 3 different pairings on defense. Kahkonnen has been so good in goal that the injuries to Cam Talbot and Alex Stalock haven’t hurt them. They completely dominated the Ducks, outscoring them 8-2 over their last two games. I know the Ducks are a weak squad, but get used to it.

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The Sharks are a fragile squad Logan Couture is a great player, but their offense is weak; Tomas Hertl is a right 2nd line center. He’s on a line with Timo Meier and Latvian Rudolfs Balcers. They have very little depth. Defensemen Erik Karlsson and Radim Simek are both on injured reserve, which has decimated their defense. They can still score goals, but they are purely a fade. The problem is you don’t get rewarded fading them. The market knows how bad they are.

Wild vs Sharks Odds

NHL Odds Opening Lines
Wild -155
Sharks +135
Total 5.5
Where/When SAP Center

The Wild are 5-5 in their last 10 games, averaging 27 goals per game, while allowing the exact same against. Meanwhile, the Sharks are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and have been outscored by 11 goals in that stretch, allowing 3.7 goals per game, while putting up just 2.6 goals per game.

Wild vs Sharks Moneyline Stats

NHL Team Record Moneyline Profit
Wild 8-6 +$6
Sharks 7-9 -$74