Struggling NHL Teams Taking the Ice
The Chicago Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in a game that won’t receive much national attention. These two teams have combined to lose 15 straight games between them, but one of them is picking up a win on Thursday.
San Jose has struggled on the road this season as they have now lost five straight. The Sharks have 68 points on the year and are in seventh place in the Pacific Division.
Chicago has lost eight straight games, and they have been a major disappointment this season. The Blackhawks have managed to get just 59 points and are in seventh place in the Central Division.
The NHL betting lines for this game have the Chicago Blackhawks at -105 on the moneyline.
Sharks Struggling to Score Goals
The San Jose Sharks are averaging less than 2.6 goals per game this season, and they have become worse on that end of the ice. San Jose has scored a total of just 11 goals in their last five NHL games, and they have struggled on the power play all season long.
Timo Meier has been a one-man wrecking crew at times for the Sharks as he leads the team with 31 goals and 39 assists. San Jose has scored on the power play just 18 percent of the time, and they keep missing out on chances.
San Jose is also allowing 3.1 goals per game, but goaltender James Reimer has been solid in his starts. Reimer has a record of 18-16-7, and he is allowing less than 2.8 goals per game.
Blackhawks Getting Blown Out
The 2021-22 season started off rough for the Chicago Blackhawks, and things haven’t gotten any better as time has gone on. Chicago has lost four of their last five games by at least two goals, and they are a team that allows over 3.5 goals per game.
Interim coach Derek King summed up the recent struggles of the Blackhawks by saying, “They feel it. They’re not happy about it.” The Blackhawks are a team that is loaded with offensive talent, but they just can’t win games.
Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat continue to put up stats for Chicago, but it just hasn’t mattered most nights. Kane leads the team with 83 points, and DeBrincat has scored a team-high 39 goals.
San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks Head-to-Head
Even though both teams are in the Western Conference, this will be just the second meeting of the season between the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks. The first meeting of the season was a 2-0 win for San Jose, and they have won three of the last four games in this series.
San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks Game Information
- Game: Sharks (29-33-10) vs Blackhawks (24-38-11)
- Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 14, 8:30 p.m. ET
- San Jose Sharks vs. Chicago Live stream: NHL.TV
San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks Betting Lines
San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction
The most recent scores and odds for each team show how much each team has struggled. One of them has to pick up a win on Thursday night, and playing at home in Chicago does give the Blackhawks a slight advantage.
Both teams have struggled to get stops all season long, and that could lead to an exciting game on the ice. The Blackhawks appear to have more talent than the Sharks, and that power play will have an impact on this matchup.
This game will come down to a late goal, and it will be Chicago that gets it done. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Chicago Blackhawks -105 as they snap a long losing streak with a win.