San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/8/2014
Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 PM on NBCS, TSN2
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
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A well-rested San Jose team comes in to face the weary Ducks with a possible #2 seed on the line. Wednesday's game marks the fifth meeting between the teams with San Jose winning 3 games so far. San Jose will have three full days off before Wednesday's matchup while Anaheim will be playing their third game in four nights.
After the Anaheim game San Jose will have just two more left on the docket. The Sharks need to win to maintain their home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, currently sitting just 2 points ahead of the Blackhawks. The Sharks need a small boost heading into the postseason after winning just 4 games of their last 10 after being favored in all of them.
It appears that St. Louis will capture the top seed in the West with Anaheim falling short of catching them. The Ducks need to watch out though as the Sharks are just a point behind them to swap the 2 and 3 seeds. Anaheim wasn't kind to bettors over the weekend losing 2-5 Friday night to Nashville as -199 favorites followed by a Sunday beating from Edmonton, 2-4 with a -163 line. Anaheim needs to get right as the season winds down, if anything for their own psyche.
The teams last met up on March 20th in San Jose with the Sharks pulling out a 3-2 win as -157 favorites. In the four times the teams have met up this season, the home squad has won each time which gives Anaheim some semblance of hopes.
San Jose is 21-18 straight up on the road this season
San Jose is 20-17-2 against the over/under on the road this season
Anaheim is 27-12 straight up at home this season
Anaheim is 20-18-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
12/20/13 C Tomas Hertl Knee out indefinitely
03/26/14 RW Adam Burish Hand out indefinitely
03/22/14 LW Raffi Torres Knee out indefinitely
10/30/13 RW Nick Sorensen Concussion out indefinitely
10/01/13 D Sheldon Souray Wrist out for season
04/06/14 GO Frederik Andersen Upper Body questionable
04/01/14 D Mark Fistric Lower Body out indefinitely
03/19/14 D Cam Fowler Knee expected to miss 3-5 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take Anaheim
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