Desperately Seeking Wins
The San Jose Sharks haven’t been able to get into the win column much this season. They’ve won just 14 games to this point, having lost back-to-back games coming into Tuesday.
They’ve lost five of their last six as they play the third of an eight-game trip against the Wings.
Detroit lost, 2-1, at the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday evening. It was their fourth loss out of their past five games. Since neither team has momentum, what’s the best option if you bet online?
Defense AWOL in San Jose
Biggest culprit among the Sharks‘ shortcomings has been a non-existent defense, the fourth-worst in goals allowed (3.72) per game.
Four different goalies have been in the crease to this point, only two with more than two starts. James Reimer has been their “best” performer this season, an 8-14-4 record, 3.23 goals-against average and.895 save percentage.
If not Reimer, expect Kaapo Kahkonen (5-9-4, 3.88 GAA, .869 save percentage) in net.
Both of these save percentages are not pretty, which is why you might want to think about the over in your NHL picks. Either that, or simply bet against the Sharks.
Wings Struggling At Both Ends
Detroit’s in the bottom half in both goals per game (3,04),and goals allowed per contest (3.33). They haven’t been very good on either end of the ice, with no solution on the horizon.
They only have one skater with over 33 points this season, Dylan Larkin at 41.
They’re lacking another scorer to take some of the burden off Larkin.
Ville Husso has been fairly reliable in net, 15-11-5, 3.03 GAA, .901 save percentage. He’s likely to start once again after getting the nod in the past two games.
He’s had rough January, having surrendered 3.58 goals/game (a paltry .879 save percentage).
Sharks vs Red Wings Game Injuries
Sharks vs Red Wings Head-to-Head
The second meeting. The Red Wings were 7-4 winners at San Jose in mid-November.
Sharks vs Red Wings Game Information
- Game: Sharks (14-25-9) vs Red Wings (19-18-8)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
- Sharks vs Red Wings Live Stream: NHL.TV
Sharks vs Red Wings Betting Lines
Sharks vs Red Wings Picks and Prediction
It’s difficult to figure in the NHL betting odds, as both teams have been below average on the defensive end while struggling offensively.
Roll with the Red Wings. San Jose has been brutal lately. However, you might get queasy laying juice with the Wings, who are no prize.
So, the best option in the sportsbook may be the over. These aren’t two good offenses by any means, but hideous defenses could lead to lots of goals.
Detroit is -155 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Red Wings, you have a chance to win $65. San Jose is listed at +135, offering a chance to win $135 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Detroit a 60.78% chance to win, with Sharks at 42.55%.