Sharks Take a Chunk out of the Wild

Dana Lane

Sunday, December 10, 2017 5:21 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 5:21 PM UTC

Sharks hope to end their homestand on a positive note when they play host to the Minnesota Wild at the SAP Center. Have your NHL picks ready as puck drops at 9:00 ET/6:00 PT

Free NHL Pick: San Jose Sharks -123Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks

It pays to follow my selections on SBR and it has for close to TWO YEARS now. I can only lead you to the water, too cocky, I know. Some are waiting for the losses to pile up, you’ve been waiting for a while Excuse the hype machine, kind of the nature of the business even if it’s the polar opposite of my personality. Believe me, I’m not sitting in the corner somewhere cachinnating over my own success; we’re in this together and we know that past results are never a reflection of your future. Whichever approach you prefer, the bottom line is I find winners. Saturday started on the ‘Ice Guys Show’ where I was emphatic that the St. Louis Blues was going to be an easy winner, sometimes it’s a no-brainer. Then we finished off the day up with the OVER cashing another ticket in the Calgary, Vancouver game. The latter was a little too close but three third period goals did the trick. Make sure to watch the ‘Ice Guys’ every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday starting at 9:00 ET/6:00PT on the SBR YouTube Channel. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a more informative hockey betting show anywhere. Ian Cameron, Alex B. Smith, and Andrew McInnis break down every game on the NHL card.

Now that the formalities are out of the way, the Minnesota Wild is on the last game of their West Coast road trip and that usually means that the Wild will more focused on getting back home than exceeding expectations to upset the San Jose Sharks. My power ranking backs my assessment, with the Sharks ranked 5th and Minnesota coming in at 23. Keep in mind, the ranking is a personal formula that gives me a number that reflects a team’s likeliness to win over another. So, when I get the better team at home and I get a decent number, I’m all over it.

The Wild managed to grab a 3-2 OT winner at the Honda Center Friday which means they had a whole day to enjoy Los Angeles, a city that is about 55 degrees warmer than the St. Paul area. Even if they got on a plane and got right to San Jose, it’s still a 40-degree difference and their bellies are full off of a victory. I don’t want to wager on a comfortable team. I want my team to be superior or have a sense of urgency as the Wild surely had in Anaheim after dropping the first game of the trip to the Kings on Tuesday.

Now they’re being asked to crank it up again at the SAP Center, a place that the Wild have dropped 11 of their last 15 visits. In fact, the home team in this series has won 20 of the last 27 meetings. That’s a win percentage of over 74%.

For my NHL pick, I’ll take that trend and the Sharks tonight.

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