New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/12/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Rangers vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+140) Sharks (-155)
SAP Center is the venue where Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (15-16-2, 6th in the Pacific Division) will play the New York Rangers (15-12-3, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) on Thursday. The odds on this matchup have the Rangers coming in at +140 and the Sharks are at -155. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Rangers cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 15-15 SU. San Jose covers 41.9% of the time, going 13-18 straight up.
The New York Rangers head into this game holding a record of 15 victories and 12 losses, which is good for 6th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 94 goals which has them sitting at 10th in the East and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, which is good for 18th in the NHL. The Rangers have earned a total of 33 pts, which has them sitting at 21st in the NHL and 12th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 864 which has them sitting at 15th in the conference and 30th in the NHL. As a unit, New York has racked up a total of 485 hits which has them averaging 16.2 per game. They have earned a total of 347 blocks for this year. Protecting the net for New York is Henrik Lundqvist from Fussen, West Germany. He is 37 years old and has played a total of 1,028 minutes protecting the goal this year. Lundqvist is allowing an average of 3.15 goals per game which has him sitting 21st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 45th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he has allowed 54 goals. His save % is .911 which has him sitting 11th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New York Rangers had a rough game after their 3 - 1 defeat to the Los Angeles Kings in their last contest. The Rangers had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. For this game, they netted 1 out of the 30 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 2 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal out of those opportunities. New York racked up 12 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Rangers sat at 35 and the Corsi against was 40 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 46.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 28 while the Fenwick against was 32, which tells us they had a rate of 46.7%. They earned 23 face-off wins at even strength and lost 19 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 57.3% and they had a PDO of 81.3 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Los Angeles Kings earned a total of 26 shots. They had 14 minutes in the box and they notched 1 power play attempt.
The Sharks will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 15 victories and 16 losses. In terms of goal differential, they rank 15th in the Western Conference and 29th in the NHL with -26. They have a total of 87 goals for this season which has them ranked at 10th in the Western Conference. San Jose has a save percentage as a team of .887 which has them 28th in the NHL, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.1% ranking them 8th in the West. In goal for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a tough season by allowing 3.23 goals against average and that has him 26th among Western Conference goalies and 48th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,468 mins he has played this year, he has allowed 79 goals. He has a save % of .891, which has him ranked 26th among Western Conference goalies and 49th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks squared up with the Nashville Predators in an outing where the Sharks took a loss by a final of 3 - 1. For this game, San Jose went home with a 40.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 24 while the opposition had a Corsi of 36. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 39.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 17 and the Predators earning a 26 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that San Jose played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO at even strength was 98.6 and their percentage of oZS was 54.7%. The Sharks converted 1 goal out of the 25 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Predators had 7 power play attempts and went on to score 1 goal. San Jose gave up 32 shots on goal and the Predators racked up 33 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take New York (+140)
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