Hockey betting fans continue to be leery of the struggling Minnesota Wild while the San Jose Sharks are a hot online hockey betting commodity.
The Minnesota Wild will host the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night with a telecast on Versus set to start at 8 PM Eastern time.
The San Jose Sharks have an ice hockey betting record of 5-3-1 and have won 4 out of their last 5 games including 2 straight. San Jose is coming off a 5-2 home win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
The Sharks offense has been outstanding and ranks 4th in the NHL for goal scoring while the defense ranks 15th in the league for goals against. Center Joe Thornton leads the attack with 5 goals and 10 assists while right winger Dany Heatley has 5 goals and 8 assists.
Patrick Marleau, another center, has added 4 goals and 7 assists. Antero Niitymaki has been the superior goaltender with a 4-0-1 mark and a 1.87 goals against averaged with a save percentage of .929.
Antti Niemi, the goaltender of last year’s Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, has struggled in adjusting to his new team as he has a poor .854 save percentage with a 4.50 goals against average and a 1-3 record.
Minnesota has a betting hockey mark of 4-4-0-2 and has lost 3 out of their last 4 games. The Wild is struggling on offense and ranks 21st in the NHL for scoring while the defense has been solid and ranks 11th for goals against.
San Jose has a phenomenal hockey betting record of 8 wins in their last 9 visits to Minnesota. The Sharks have paid out in 14 of their last 17 meetings overall with the Wild. Minnesota continues to struggle as they did last year as they have paid out in just 5 of their last 16 games overall and in just 3 of their last 10 home games.
San Jose has gone over the total in 6 of their last 7 games while Minnesota has gone under the total in 6 of their last 8 games versus teams with a winning record. These two teams have gone over the total in just 1 of their last 9 meetings in Minnesota.