Washington Capitals vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Washington Capitals vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-115) Sharks (+104)
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (19-4-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) go to SAP Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the San Jose Sharks (15-12-1, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The line on this matchup has the Capitals coming in at -115 and the Sharks are at +104. The O/U opens at 6.5. The Capitals cover 64.0% of the time, having gone 16-9 SU. San Jose is covering 50.0% of the time, going 13-13 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game with a record of 19 victories and 4 defeats, which puts them at 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 101 goals which ranks 1st in the conference and 1st in the league. Their goal differential is +20, which puts them at 3rd in the league. The Capitals have compiled a total of 43 pts, which ranks 2nd in the league and 2nd in the conference. In the matter of shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 884 which ranks 6th in the conference and 10th in the league. As a group, Washington has earned a total of 517 hits which has them averaging 18.5 per contest. They have compiled a total of 300 blocks for the year. The man in goal for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has racked up 1,174 mins in net for the season. Holtby is conceding an average of 2.86 goals per game which ranks him 12th among East goaltenders and 27th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 56 goals. He's earned a save % of .909 which ranks him 11th among East goaltenders.
The Washington Capitals came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5 - 2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in their previous game. The Capitals had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. In their game, they converted 5 of the 34 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal out of those attempts. Washington earned a total of 8 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Capitals was 30 and the Corsi against was 37 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 44.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 20 and the Fenwick against was 27, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 42.6%. They took 18 face-off wins at even strength and lost 26 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 46.7% and they had a PDO of 115.8 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Detroit Red Wings put up 27 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty mins and they tallied 4 power play chances.
The Sharks will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 15 victories and 12 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are ranked 13th in the conference and 25th in the league with -11. They have compiled a total of 80 goals for the season which puts them at 7th in the West. San Jose has a team save percentage of .892 which has them sitting 25th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.9% which is good for 4th in the West. In goal for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a tough campaign by surrendering 3.03 goals per game and that ranks him 20th among Western Conference goalies and 36th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,269 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has given up 64 goals. He has a save percentage of .896, which has him sitting 21st among Western Conference goalies and 42nd in the NHL among goalies.
The San Jose Sharks went up against the Arizona Coyotes in a game where the Sharks ended up with the win by a final score of 4 - 2. In this game, San Jose earned a 53.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 37 and their opponent having a Corsi of 32. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 53.6% with a Fenwick of 30 and the Coyotes having a 26 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that San Jose played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 103.3 and their percentage of oZS was 52.4%. The Sharks netted 4 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Coyotes had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. San Jose conceded 23 shots on goal and the Coyotes had a total of 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take San Jose (+104)
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