Struggling Sharks Facing Desperate Canucks
A pair of Pacific Division rivals meet Saturday night in what should be an interesting game. The Vancouver Canucks welcome the San Jose Sharks, and this will be an important game for the home team.
San Jose has lost five straight, and it’s been a rough season. The Sharks can still play the role of spoiler and make life difficult for their rival.
Vancouver has 78 points. The Canucks have some work to do if they want to sneak into the playoffs, and it starts with a win on Saturday.
The NHL betting lines for this game have the Vancouver Canucks as the moneyline betting favorites at -145.
Sharks Need More Offense
The San Jose Sharks are going to have to find some more offense if they are going to end this losing streak. During this current five-game drought, San Jose has scored 11 total goals, and that’s just not going to get things done in the National Hockey League.
Timo Meier has been a great offensive weapon for the Sharks, but he just hasn’t gotten much help along the way. Meier leads the team with 31 goals and 38 assists, and the Sharks are looking for someone else to step up on offense.
Getting stops has been another challenge for San Jose, and they actually have two goalies dealing with injuries. The Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per night, and they are dealing with a hot offensive team on Saturday.
Demko Dominating for Canucks
Tanner Demko has had a solid NHL season for the Canucks, but he appears to be turning things around at the right time. Demko recently shut down a solid Vegas Golden Knights team, and that gave the team some confidence moving forward.
After that win, head coach Bruce Boudreau said, “The goalie had to be great, but the players around him played well, too.” Vancouver is now holding teams to just 2.8 goals per game, and that effort should be good enough to win on most nights.
On the offensive end of the ice, it has been J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat leading the way. Miller has 56 assists and 85 total points, and Horvat leads the team with 30 goals.
Sharks vs Canucks Head-to-Head
This will be the third meeting between these Pacific Division rivals, and Vancouver has taken control of the first meetings. The Canucks have outscored the Sharks by a total of 10-6 during the first two meetings.
Sharks vs Canucks Game Information
- Game: Sharks (29-32-9) at Canucks (34-28-10)
- Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 9 10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NHL TV
San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines
Sharks vs Canucks Prediction
The recent scores and odds for each team in this matchup would make you think that this game won’t be close. It’s hard to argue with that belief, especially as the Sharks just appear to have given up on the season.
Vancouver still has an outside chance at making the playoffs this season, and they can’t afford to mess around and not claim two points in this game. Playing at home should give the Canucks another edge, and this game could get out of hand in a hurry.
The losing streak for the Sharks will continue, and it will be another blowout loss. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Vancouver Canucks -1.5 over the San Jose Sharks.