Only two points separate San Jose from Minnesota in the race for the playoffs and right now both teams are well within the safety zone. What they aim is having home ice advantage in the first round, and in order to secure that they will need to make the most of the remaining games.
Bet: San Jose
Odds: Unibet 1.95
San Jose defeated Minnesota once this season at home and lost at the Xcel Energy Center, in one of the few series that wasn’t affected by the short season. Just like their opponents, the Sharks have won two games in a row after alternating wins and losses, and they owe those points to the high-scoring forwards. Brent Burns is one of their hottest players and the one who scored the most goals in March and April, therefore he remains the main threat for Backstrom’s net.
The visitors are a high scoring team themselves, and after breaking out of their lengthy slump, the Wild have resumed their agenda. Winning the Northwest division is now clearly impossible, but finishing the regular season on the fourth place in the Western Conference is definitely within reach. If they are to avoid leaving San Jose without a point Minnesota will need to have Zach Parise playing at full potential something that rarely happened this month.
The two teams are evenly matched, but in this series more than in others, having home ice advantage is of critical importance. San Jose is famous for taking an early lead and defending the advantage fiercely, and this is what those who backed the Sharks with Unibet today can expect en route to another home win.