Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks Expert NHL Picks 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
SAP Center is the site where Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (4-8-1, 7th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Vancouver Canucks (8-3-1, 2nd in the Pacific Division) on Saturday. The line on this matchup has the Canucks priced at -160 and the Sharks are at +144. The over/under is set at 6.5. The Canucks are covering 60.0% of the time, having gone 6-4 SU. San Jose covers 30.8% of the time, going 4-9 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks come into the game holding a record of 8 wins and 3 defeats, which is good for 2nd in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 45 goals which is good for 3rd in the Western Conference and 8th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +16, which is good for 2nd in the NHL. The Canucks currently have a total of 17 pts, which is good for 10th in the NHL and 6th in the West. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 408 which is good for 6th in the conference and 11th in the NHL. As a unit, Vancouver has a total of 156 hits which has them averaging 13 per game. They currently have a total of 132 blocks for the year. The goaltender for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has played a total of 486 mins protecting the goal for the season. Markstrom is conceding 2.59 goals per contest which ranks him 10th among West goalies and 20th in the NHL. So far this season, he's allowed 21 goals. His save % is .915 which ranks him 12th among West goalies.
The Vancouver Canucks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in their last contest. The Canucks had a impressive offensive outing in the victory. In their game, they earned a goal on 5 out of the 49 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 6 power play attempts and were able to score 4 goals out of those tries. Vancouver racked up a total of 17 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Canucks was 41 and the Corsi against was 28 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 59.4%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against was 18, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 65.4%. They earned 28 face-off wins and lost 14 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 49.7% and they had a PDO of 89.9 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Los Angeles Kings tallied a total of 24 shots. They finished with 17 penalty minutes and they had 6 power play chances.
The Sharks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 4 wins and 8 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are ranked 14th in the Western Conference and 30th in the league with -16. They have earned a total of 32 goals for the year which is 12th in the Western Conference. San Jose has a team save percentage of .886 which has them sitting 26th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They are shooting 9.0% putting them at 7th in the conference. In net for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a bad year by giving up 3.57 goals per contest and that ranks him 18th among West goaltenders and 39th in the NHL among goalies. In the 538 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 32 goals. He has a save percentage of .890, which places him at 17th among West goaltenders and 35th in the NHL among goalies.
The San Jose Sharks opposed the Boston Bruins in an outing where the Sharks were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 5 - 1. For this game, San Jose earned a 28.6% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 14 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 35. Their Fenwick percentage was 27.8% with a Fenwick of 10 and the Bruins having a 26 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that San Jose played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 83.3 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 49.3%. The Sharks converted 1 goal of the 17 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this one and converted 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding their opponent, the Bruins had 8 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 2 goals. San Jose gave up 41 shots on goal and the Bruins ended up with 47 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take San Jose (+144)
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