San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings - 12/31/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (-155) Red Wings (+140)
Jonathan Bernier and the Detroit Red Wings (9-28-3, 8th in the Atlantic Division) host the San Jose Sharks (17-20-3, 6th in the Pacific Division) at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. The line on this game has the Sharks priced at -155 and the Red Wings are at +140. The over/under is set at 6. The Sharks cover 39.5% of the time, having gone 15-23 SU. The Red Wings cover 22.5% of the time, going 9-31 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this game holding a record of 17 victories and 20 defeats, ranking them 6th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 107 goals which ranks them 12th in the West and 25th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -29, ranking them 29th in the NHL. The Sharks currently have a total of 37 points, which ranks them 28th in the NHL and 14th in the West. Regarding shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,159 which ranks them 13th in the West and 26th in the NHL. As a group, San Jose currently has a total of 863 hits which means they are averaging 21.6 per game. They currently have a total of 431 blocks for this season. The man between the pipes for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 30 years old and has racked up 1,647 minutes defending the goal for the campaign. Jones is giving up 3.21 goals per game which ranks him 27th among Western Conference goaltenders and 53rd in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he's given up 88 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .891 which ranks him 30th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The San Jose Sharks were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Sharks had a solid offensive output in the win. In this matchup, they converted 6 of the 29 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 1 power play attempt but didn't net one. San Jose earned a total of 6 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 43 and the Corsi against was 42 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 50.6%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick against was 28, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 54.8%. They took 17 face-off wins and were beaten on 28 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 54.5% and they had a PDO of 120.7 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers earned 27 shots. They finished with a total of 2 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play chances.
The Red Wings will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they sit with 9 wins and 28 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are sitting 16th in the East and 31st in the league with -69. They currently have a total of 87 goals for the season which has them at 16th in the East. Detroit has a save percentage as a team of .881 which currently has them ranked 31st in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.6% ranking them 16th in the conference. In net for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier who is having a bad campaign by allowing 3.19 goals per contest and that places him 25th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 50th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,299 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 69 goals. He holds a save percentage of .900, which has him placed 24th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 47th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Detroit Red Wings played the Tampa Bay Lightning in an outing where the Red Wings ended up losing by a score of 2 - 1. For this outing, Detroit earned a 31.6% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 24 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 52. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 38.5% by notching a Fenwick of 20 and the Lightning ending the game with a 32 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Detroit had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 101.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 21.7%. The Red Wings scored 1 goal of the 20 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Lightning had 4 power play opportunities and went on to score 1 goal. Detroit allowed 39 shots on goal and the Lightning ended up with a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (-155)
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