With 15 games remaining on the San Jose Sharks’ schedule, time is of the essence for playoff positioning. The Sharks (18-19-4) are currently sixth in the West Division but are four points behind the Blues for fourth place. It’s conceivable that San Jose can find a way to climb past Arizona and St. Louis, but the Anaheim Ducks (13-27-7) are pesky.
The Sharks lead the season series 4-3 but Anaheim has taken two games from San Jose in the last eight days. San Jose has lost three out of four and is in danger of being eliminated from playoff contention. The Ducks have outscored the Sharks 9-1 in their previous two head-to-head matchups, shutting them out 4-0 on Monday night.
Anaheim’s backup goaltender, Anthony Stolarz, shut down San Jose. Stolarz’s 46-save performance was record-setting, as the Edison, NJ, native posted the most saves in Ducks history for a shutout. The 46 saves were also a career-high for Stolarz. It won’t be Stolarz in net for Anaheim here, but if the Ducks keep scoring, John Gibson will finally receive some scoring support to go with his 2.90 GAA. Get the latest NHL news and lines in our online sportsbook.
Ducks Positioned to Tie Season Series
Fortunately for us, the NHL betting odds are in our favor, because the Ducks are moderate underdogs vs the Sharks. Anaheim has San Jose’s number lately, and that trend should continue at SAP Center. Ex-Lightning winger Alexander Volkov is settling in with the Ducks and scored two goals last game.
Anaheim’s leading scorer, Maxime Comtois, also lit the lamp on Martin Jones in Monday’s massacre. Jones is 15-10-1-1, with a bloated 3.14 GAA for San Jose. The Sharks have an 8-9-2 home record, and the Ducks are 4-0 in their last four games vs squads with a losing mark at home. Anaheim’s +160 moneyline is juicy.
A $50 wager yields a $130 payout, and if you’re not 100% sold on Anaheim winning SU, bet the puck line as insurance. The Ducks are +1½ (-160), and it’s probable that you’ll hit on both bets here. The road team in this series has won ATS in four straight games, so ride that trend to the bank.