The Best of the Day preview hits the ice with NHL tips for a clash between last-start winners San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild.
14:30 (AEDT) @ SAP Center, San Jose
History: Played 47: Sharks 28 V Wild 19
Last meeting: January 25, 2021: Sharks 5 d Wild 3 at Excel Energy Center
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down an NHL showdown between West Division rivals San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild. Both are in the bottom half of the division – but neither is too far off the pace.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 22, 2021
The 8-6-0 Wild returned from a two COVID-19 layoff last week. They went down to LA Kings (4-0) first up, before overwhelming Anaheim Ducks in back-to-back games (3-1 and 5-1).
Kevin Fiala had three goals and an assist across the two victories over the Ducks.
— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) February 21, 2021
The 7-7-2 Sharks have recorded four wins (two by one-goal margins, two in shootouts), two losses and a pair of overtime losses (one in a shootout) in a frantic February.
After going down to St Louis in OT 3-2, the Sharks turned the tables on the Blues 5-4 two days ago. But they went about it the hard way, blowing a three-goal lead before Logan Couture’s second goal of the match in the third period proved the difference.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 21, 2021
The Sharks have won six of their last eight against the Wild. But the teams split their two Saint Paul-hosted clashes in January.
Minnesota won the first encounter 4-1 after Joel Eriksson Ek and Jordan Greenway each had a goal and an assist.
But late goals from Brent Burns and Matt Nieto lifted San Jose to a 5-3 victory two days later.
The Wild have won 13 of their last 18 road games, including a 5-3 record this season. The Sharks have only played twice at SAP Center this season, for a win and a loss.
Minnesota bring considerable momentum into this game look a strong chance of justifying their Best of the Day favourites tag.