Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks Predictions, 12/22/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets and Odds



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Toy: Minnesota Wild vs San Jose Sharks

Date: Thursday, December 22, 2022

location: SAP Center in San Jose, California

television: NBC Sports California

Odds / Spread: Wild (-160) Sharks (+132)

The San Jose Sharks (10-18-6) take on the Minnesota Wild (18-11-2) at SAP Center on Thursday. The odds in this game have Minnesota at -160 and San Jose at +132. Over/Under comes in at 6.

The Minnesota Wild were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-2 victory over the Senators last out. Minnesota has accumulated 6 minutes in the box in this contest. The Wild had a solid attacking outing and that was evident in the win. Moreover, they had 3 chances with additional players on the ice but did not score a goal. For the match, they converted 4 of the 23 shots they put on goal.

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In terms of their scoring abilities, the Minnesota Wild have hit 97 goals (22 in professional hockey) so far this season and have given up 88 goals. In the current campaign, they sit with 38 points and their points percentage comes in at 0.613. Minnesota accumulated 101 power play opportunities and scored 25 of those advantages, earning them a percentage of 24.75%. Even at its strongest, the Wild gave up 67 goals while scoring 72 on the offensive side of the ice. Minnesota has taken 960 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.1%. The Wild have so far made 911 shots against them and have a save percentage of . 903. Opponents of the Minnesota Wild collected 106 power play opportunities (13th in professional hockey) and came away with 21 goals in those opportunities.

The man in the net for this game is Philip Gustafsson. Gustavsson participated in 39 games during his hockey career. He has an overall record of 17-17-4 and has started 34 games. The opponent scored 106 goals against Gustavsson in his professional hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.86. Gustafsson saw 1,173 shot attempts against him and compiled 1,067 saves. His save percentage is 0.910 in 2,223 minutes guarding the cage. For his hockey career, Gustavsson sits with 21 quality starts and a quality starts average of 0.618.

In their final game, San Jose faced the Flames in a game that ended in a 7-3 loss to the Sharks. They had 3 chances to play hard in this match but couldn’t put a single one into the net. The Sharks scored 3 of their 27 shots on goal.

For the season, the San Jose Sharks sit with a career-high 102 goals, 26 points, and a 0.382 point percentage. They gave a total of 123 goals to be scored by way of equal strength 107 goals and 16 goals while having fewer men on the ice. The Sharks scored an equal-strength 82 and 20 goals (24th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have a total of 93 power play opportunities and have a power play percentage of 21.51%. San Jose attempted 1012 shots (17th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 10.08%, while allowing the opponent 1051 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 84.16% against their opponents’ 101 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 88.3%.

On the other side of the ice you will likely see James Reimer protecting the net. He hit 12,049 stops out of 13,205 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of 0.912. Reimer has a lifetime mark of 198-157-56 and has played in 451 games. He has started in 415 games and been on the ice for 24,665 minutes. Reimer’s quality starts percentage comes in at 52.5% and he has earned 218 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. He averages 2.81 goals per match and has conceded 1,156 goals in total.

Who will win the NHL game tonight against the spread or the money line?

Parlays Pundit pick: Take San Jose (+132) and under 6 goals

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