Philadelphia Flyers vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/28/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (-115) Sharks (+104)
Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers (21-11-5, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to SAP Center on Saturday where they'll take on the San Jose Sharks (16-20-2, 6th in the Pacific Division). The Sharks open this contest at +104 while the Flyers are priced at -115. The total is set at 6. The Flyers are covering 51.5% of the time, having gone 17-16 SU. The Sharks are covering 38.9% of the time, going 14-22 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers head into this game holding a record of 21 wins and 11 defeats, which puts them at 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 117 goals which ranks them 9th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, which puts them at 7th in the league. The Flyers have earned a total of 47 points, which ranks them 6th in the league and 4th in the conference. In connection with shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 1,184 which ranks them 9th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the league. As a unit, Philadelphia currently has a total of 706 hits which means they have an average of 19.1 per game. They have earned a total of 378 blocks for the season. Protecting the goal for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,347 mins minding the goal for the year. Hart is allowing 2.27 GAA which has him ranked 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 6th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 51 goals. He's earned a save % of .916 which has him ranked 9th in the Eastern Conference.
The Philadelphia Flyers will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 5 - 1 victory over the New York Rangers in their previous contest. The Flyers had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this win. In this matchup, they netted 5 of the 30 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 6 power play attempts and notched 1 goal out of those attempts. Philadelphia ended up with 8 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Flyers was 42 and the Corsi against was 41 giving them a Corsi percentage of 50.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 33, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.7%. They took 26 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 23.0% and they had a PDO of 118.2 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the New York Rangers earned a total of 35 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 12 penalty mins and they notched 4 power play chances.
The Sharks will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they have 16 wins and 20 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they currently sit 15th in the West and 29th in the league with -33. They have compiled a total of 99 goals for the season which ranks them 13th in the West. San Jose has a save percentage as a team of .885 which is good for 30th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.0% which is good for 8th in the West. In goal for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a bad campaign by allowing 3.29 goals against average and that ranks him 31st among West goalies and 58th in the NHL. In the 1,587 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 87 goals. His save percentage is .888, which has him sitting 31st among West goalies and 61st in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks played the Vegas Golden Knights in a game where the Sharks ended up losing by a final of 3 - 1. In this game, San Jose had a 43.6% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 66. Their Fenwick percentage was 40.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 34 and the Golden Knights earning a 51 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game San Jose had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 94.9 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 36.2%. The Sharks scored 1 goal out of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one but didn't score a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Golden Knights had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. San Jose gave up 37 shots on goal and the Golden Knights earned a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-115)
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