San Jose Sharks vs. Florida Panthers - 12/8/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Florida Panthers
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+188) Panthers (-210)
Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (15-13-2, 4th in the Pacific Division) travel to BB&T Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Florida Panthers (13-9-5, 3rd in the Atlantic Division). The moneyline on this matchup has the Sharks coming in at +188 and the Panthers are at -210. The O/U opens at 6. The Sharks are covering 46.4% of the time, having gone 13-15 SU. Florida covers 41.7% of the time, going 10-14 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this game holding a record of 15 wins and 13 defeats, which is good for 4th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 84 goals which is good for 8th in the Western Conference and 19th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -14, which is good for 26th in the NHL. The Sharks currently have a total of 32 pts, which is good for 16th in the NHL and 9th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 865 which is good for 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the NHL. As a group, San Jose has earned a total of 522 hits which means they have an average of 17.4 per game. They currently have a total of 278 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 30 years old and has played a total of 1,309 mins in goal for the campaign. Jones is giving up 3.16 goals per game which puts him at 25th in the West and 45th among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this year, he has allowed 69 goals. His save percentage is .892 which puts him at 25th in the West.
The San Jose Sharks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their previous game. The Sharks had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this defeat. For this outing, they scored on 2 of the 30 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. San Jose had 8 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 44 and the Corsi against was 32 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 57.9%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 23, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 59.6%. They won 31 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 15 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 71.7% and they had a PDO of 96.6 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Carolina Hurricanes put up 29 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty mins and they had 3 power play attempts.
The Panthers will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 13 victories and 9 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are currently sitting 9th in the Eastern Conference and 18th in the NHL with -1. They currently have a total of 93 goals for the season which is good for 7th in the East. Florida has a team save % of .885 which currently has them ranked 28th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.0% ranking them 6th in the East. In goal for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a bad year by giving up 3.48 GAA and that has him ranked 24th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 51st in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,156 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 67 goals. His save % is .884, which has him sitting 25th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 52nd in the NHL among goalies.
The Florida Panthers squared up with the Minnesota Wild in a matchup where the Panthers went home in defeat by a score of 4 - 2. While out there on the ice, Florida earned a 60.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 54 and their opponent having a Corsi of 35. Their Fenwick rate was 64.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 48 and the Wild earning a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Florida played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO at even strength of 84.5 and they had an oZS percentage of 64.5%. The Panthers scored 2 goals out of the 46 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and scored 1 out of those chances. In discussing the opposition, the Wild had 1 power play attempt but were not able to score a goal. Florida gave way to 26 shots on goal and the Wild racked up 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (+188)
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