Sharks Finish Off the Season with a Statement Against the Wild

Dana Lane

Saturday, April 7, 2018 5:16 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 5:16 PM UTC

It’s the final day of the regular season for every team not named the Boston Bruin or Florida Panthers who will play a make-up game tomorrow to end the season.

Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks

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Free Pick: San Jose Sharks -146Best Line Offered: at Heritage

The last game on the Saturday slate features the Minnesota Wild (44-26-11, 99pts, +18) paying visit to the SAP Center to take on the San Jose Sharks (45-26-10, 100pts, +26). As most games this time of year, this one has playoff implications. The Sharks have won 15 of 20 at home against Minnesota.

Currently the Sharks occupy the second slot in the Pacific Division but with a loss and a regulation win by the Anaheim Ducks, it will be Anaheim who will grab the second spot. The Sharks are currently ranked third in my power ranking and are my pick to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks power play has produced over 24% over the time ranking them second in the league, 0.01% behind the Los Angeles Kings.

The Wild are locked in to a postseason date with the Winnipeg Jets so there is some question as to how serious they’ll take this game. The Wild have a tendency to play sloppy away from the Xcel Energy Center where they’ve been shorthanded an average of 3.61 times / game. This gives the Sharks a clear advantage if they’re handing 3-4 power plays in this one.

The pucks drops at 10:30 ET/7:30 PT and can be seen on NBC Sports-California and Fox Sports-North.

Last time out the Wild slid past the Sharks, 3-2 in overtime. San Jose allowed the Wild to come back after holding leads of 2-0 and 3-1. Eric Staal scored with under five minutes to go, tying the score, and then Jared Spurgeon buried the OT winner with 12 seconds left. This creates a home revenge spot for the Sharks at an acceptable price.

The SBR odds page shows some numbers finally coming out that opens the Predators as a -145 favorite but it appears as if the public will push this game towards the Jackets as are starting to see numbers as low as -125.

The Total opened at 5.5, -115 (under) which has drawn action on both sides making it very important to shop for the best line. There are some books out there that have taken a large amount of ‘over’ bets causing the number to be shaded to the ‘over’. Sergei Bobrovsky gets the start for the Jackets while Pekka Rinne will be in the crease for Nashville.

From a trend perspective this is not a match-up that’s been good for Columbus dropping 40 of 54 meetings while being just 4-23 in Nashville. If you’re looking at the total you may want to jump on the ‘over’ which has cashed nine straight times when Columbus is on the road and five straight overall.

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