2019-20 NHL – Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks taking place? Friday 8th November, 2019 – 03:30 (UK)

Where is Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks taking place? SAP Center, San Jose

What channel is Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Minnesota Wild 0 – 3 San Jose Sharks

THE TEAM NEWS

MINNESOTA WILD

  • The Wild ended their three-game losing streak with a 4-2 away win against the Anaheim Ducks the last time out, but that shouldn’t erase their struggles this season. Minnesota currently sit in 13th place of the Western Conference with 11 points and a 5-0-1-9 record, but they have gone 2-0-1-2 in their last five matches.
  • Minnesota only account for two absentees, and neither is expected to be available for this contest. Defenceman Greg Pateryn remains sidelined due to a groin injury, while center Mason Shaw has been placed on injured reserve with a knee problem. Both should return next week.
  • Keep an eye on Eric Staal ahead of this game. The veteran center has been one of Minnesota’s most consistent performers this season, and he is currently on a five-game point streak with three goals and three assists over that span.

SAN JOSE SHARKS

  • The Sharks also have 11 points out of 16 games (5-0-1-10) this season, and they have faced even tougher times than their opponents here, owning a 1-0-0-4 mark in their last five contests. San Jose ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks the last time out – a game where they scored all their goals after the first period.
  • San Jose could welcome two players back ahead of this contest, with C Dylan Gambrell (hand) and C Melker Karlsson (upper body) listed as day-to-day. Meanwhile, defencemen Jacob Middleton and Dalton Prout (both upper body) remain out until next week at the earliest.
  • Evander Kane has been one of the few bright points for San Jose this season. The left winger has back-to-back goals, and he is currently riding a three-game point streak.

THE PREDICTION

Both Minnesota and San Jose are among the worst teams in the Western Conference this season, although there are a few signs that tip the scales towards the Wild’s favour. While Minnesota have scored at least three goals in four of their last five games (3.2 on average over that span), San Jose have conceded at least five in three of the theirs (4.0 on average). Plus, the Sharks own the second worst defence in the Western Conference with 58 goals conceded. That should be enough to mark Minnesota as slight favourites in a battle of two struggling sides.

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