San Jose Sharks at Winnipeg Jets 1/5/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 1/4/2015
Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET
MTS Centre in Winnipeg
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The San Jose Sharks will go on the road on Monday night to face the Winnipeg Jets in a game between two of the top 10 defenses in the league. In their first game against each other this season, the Sharks shut out the Jets 3-0 at home.
The Sharks had one of their worst defensive games of the season on Saturday night when the St. Louis Blues blew them out 7-2 in San Jose. They were 0-for-6 on the power play in that loss and were outshot 33-20.
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Even with that loss on Saturday, the Sharks are still near the top of the Western Conference in goals against and power play percentage. Center Joe Pavelski leads the team in scoring this season with 20, and he is tied for the team lead in points with 33.
On Saturday night, the Jets played one of their best all-around hockey games of the season when they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on home ice. Their penalty kill held the Maple Leafs' power play goalless on their four chances with the extra man, and they ended up outshooting them 40-21 on the night.
Through 39 games, the Jets are in the top 10 in the league in both penalty kill percentage and goals against per game. Left wing Andrew Ladd has a team-high 31 points on the season while also leading the team in power play goals with five. Netminder Ondrej Pavelec is 10-9-5 with one shutout, a .911
San Jose Sharks Betting Trends
San Jose Sharks are 20-19-0 Against the Spread
San Jose Sharks are 14-21-0 against the Over/Under
Winnipeg Jets Betting Trends
Winnipeg Jets are 20-19-0 Against the Spread
Winnipeg Jets are 18-19-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
San Jose Sharks
12/10/14 RW Mike Brown Leg out indefinitely
12/09/14 C Tyler Kennedy Shoulder out indefinitely
11/28/14 GO Troy Grosenick Upper Body out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Raffi Torres Knee out indefinitely
01/04/15 C Joe Thornton Shoulder "?" Monday vs. Winnipeg
01/04/15 LW John Scott Suspension Served probable Monday vs. Winnipeg
12/29/14 LW Evander Kane Lower Body out indefinitely
12/19/14 D Tobias Enstrom Foot out 3-4 weeks
12/18/14 D Mark Stuart Knee expected to miss 1-2 months
12/16/14 D Jacob Trouba Wrist out 6 weeks
12/04/14 D Zach Bogosian Foot expected to miss 4-6 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose
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