San Jose vs Minnesota: prediction for the NHL fixture
San Jose Sharks
San Josehad played 5 games away from home. They chalked up 3 victories in the first matches, but then suffered a narrow defeat to the Rangers (0:1). After that, the Sharks lost to Columbus with a score of 4:6. They made too many defensive mistakes, and the Sharks' goalie Hill could save only 82% of the shots.
Back at home, San Jose beat Calgary (5:3). Forward Hertle had an excellent game and netted a hat-trick.
Minnesota are on top form and their winning streak has reached 7 games. Remarkably, the Wild recorded 5 of these victories in regulation time, but Toronto (4:3 SO) and New Jersey (3:2 SO) were defeated in penalty shootouts.
The Wild are more successful at home, however, and often struggle to earn points on their travels.
In 4 head-to-head games in a row, the teams scored in each period.
In 4 out of 5 head-to-head games, San Jose scored first.
Minnesota are in excellent form and have been chalking up points in almost every game. San Jose also look good, but they make mistakes more regularly than their visitors, so we would opt for the vicotry of the Wild.
Our prediction - Minnesota to win
Both teams are doing well this season and often deliver great performance. In head-to-head games, the clubs usually play open hockey and create a large number of scoring chances.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals