The San Jose Sharks (17-16-4) look to extend their winning streak to five when they face off against the Anaheim Ducks (11-21-7), losers of their last three. San Jose is a sizable betting favorite here at -170, the biggest they’ve been all season. Keep your eyes on the NHL lines at our online sportsbook and don’t miss the chance to win.
As scary as it can get betting on San Jose, it has all the momentum on its side and is 4-0-1 against Anaheim. Martin Jones has been on fire and has gone from the team’s worst player to its best. Don’t look now, but San Jose might be making a run for that fourth playoff spot and they’ll move closer with a win here.
Ducks: Too Bad To Not Tank
Anaheim does not need to tank. This team is bad enough with a healthy roster and it’s missing a quarter of its core. This includes captain Ryan Getzlaf (upper body), top D-man Hampus Lindholm (wrist), and top winger LW Rickard Rakell (upper body).
The Ducks found a way to beat St. Louis twice mainly with goalie Anthony Stolarz stealing one of the games. This isn’t so much a pat on Anaheim’s back as it is a worrying sign for the offensively challenged Blues (who are also battling a myriad of injuries).
With the consecutive victories, the Ducks have still lost 10 of their last 13 games. They’re 3-9-1 during this span and have been outscored by 23 goals. Going further back, Anaheim is 5-15-4 with a -34 differential. Four of these victories came in overtime.
Before their regulation win against the Blues, their last regulation victory was against Vegas on February 11. They’re the only team in the NHL that is in the bottom-three in goals scored, goals against, and power play. And their penalty kill is in the bottom seven. Yup.
Sharks: The Monsters You Thought Of
Talks of the Sharks’ demise were greatly exaggerated. I’ll admit, I kept burying this team thanks mainly to the porous goaltending from Jones and Devan Dubnyk. Well, Jones has turned things around and is playing like a man on a mission.
Jones has led San Jose to four straight wins and has only lost in regulation once in his last nine games. He was named Second Star of the Week and is posting a 94.2 save percent (SV%) having only allowed 17 goals in 295 shots. Unreal.
With Jones’ strong play, the Sharks’ 5-on-5 play has shined. San Jose has outshot its opponents in four of its last five games. When its skaters were being outplayed by Los Angeles in its last game, Jones stood tall and helped them steal the game.
The Sharks have a collection of veterans and are deep enough to at least beat most of the teams in the division. They won’t be beating Colorado or Vegas, but they don’t need to. It’s about time this team did something.
It’s rare to find San Jose as a favorite on the NHL betting lines. It’s rarer to find them as large as -170. But this is a “Chalk or Pass” situation as I cannot recommend betting on the Ducks even at +150.
San Jose and Anaheim have played each other close on the ice. And yet the Sharks have won four of the five games with Anaheim only managing a shootout victory. The Sharks’ goalies are averaging a 94.9 SV% against Anaheim.
Jones is on a roll and Dubnyk has been virtually unbeatable against the Ducks, who aren’t much of a scoring threat to begin with. On the other end, Ryan Miller has looked washed for Anaheim and Stolarz has yet to put together two solid starts in a row.
San Jose is 4-1 as a favorite for a reason: they’re just that much better than the Ducks.