Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/14/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+109) Sharks (-120)
SAP Center is the site where Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (15-17-2, 6th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Vancouver Canucks (16-12-4, 5th in the Pacific Division) on Saturday. The Sharks open this contest at -120 while the Canucks are priced at +109. The over/under is set at 6.5. The Canucks cover 44.8% of the time, having gone 13-16 SU. San Jose is covering 40.6% of the time, going 13-19 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks come into the game with a record of 16 wins and 12 losses, putting them at 5th in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 102 goals which has them at 3rd in the West and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +8, putting them at 12th in the league. The Canucks have compiled a total of 36 pts, which has them at 17th in the league and 9th in the Western Conference. in respect to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,026 which has them at 5th in the Western Conference and 13th in the league. As a unit, Vancouver currently has a total of 428 hits which has them averaging 13.4 per game. They have compiled a total of 341 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has totaled 1,210 mins protecting the goal this year. Markstrom is giving up an average of 2.58 goals against average which has him sitting 9th in the Western Conference and 20th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 52 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .918 which has him sitting 12th in the Western Conference.
The Vancouver Canucks went home feeling good about their game by earning a 1 - 0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in their previous game. The Canucks had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the win. For this outing, they converted 1 out of the 26 shots they put on goal. They also had 5 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Vancouver racked up 8 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Canucks was 22 and the Corsi against was 33 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 40.0%. Their Fenwick was 19 and the Fenwick against sat at 27, which earned them a rate of 41.3%. They earned 21 face-off wins and lost 19 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 43.8% and they had a PDO of 106.7 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Carolina Hurricanes tallied 43 shots. They had 10 penalty mins and they tallied 4 power play opportunities.
The Sharks will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they have 15 victories and 17 losses. In connection with goal differential, they rank 15th in the conference and 29th in the league with -29. They currently have a total of 90 goals for the year which has them sitting at 11th in the conference. San Jose has a team save % of .884 which currently has them ranked 30th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 9.2% which is good for 7th in the Western Conference. In net for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a bad season by allowing 3.30 GAA and that places him 30th in the Western Conference and 57th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,528 minutes he's played this season, he has given up 84 goals. He has a save % of .888, which puts him at 32nd in the Western Conference and 62nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks went up against the New York Rangers in a matchup where the Sharks took a loss by a final score of 6 - 3. For this outing, San Jose earned a 39.1% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 25 and the other team having a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick rate was 41.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 19 and the Rangers ending the game with a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that San Jose had and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. Their PDO at even strength was 91.6 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 59.1%. The Sharks netted 3 goals of the 18 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Rangers had 3 power play attempts and went on to score 1 goal. San Jose gave up 30 shots on goal and the Rangers had 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (-120)
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