San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/2/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+166) Penguins (-185)
PPG Paints Arena is the site where Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (24-11-4, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the San Jose Sharks (17-21-3, 7th in the Pacific Division) on Thursday. The line on this game has the Sharks priced at +166 and the Penguins are at -185. The total is set at 6. The Sharks are covering 38.5% of the time, having gone 15-24 SU. Pittsburgh is covering 59.5% of the time, going 22-15 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks come into the game with a record of 17 wins and 21 defeats, which is good for 7th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 107 goals which ranks them 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the league. Their goal differential is -31, which is good for 29th in the league. The Sharks currently have a total of 37 pts, which ranks them 29th in the league and 15th in the West. With reference to shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,193 which ranks them 13th in the West and 25th in the league. As a unit, San Jose currently has a total of 863 hits which means they are averaging 21 per game. They currently have a total of 431 blocks for the year. Protecting the net for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 30 years old and has totaled 1,705 mins defending the net for the season. Jones is allowing an average of 3.13 GAA which has him sitting 25th among Western Conference goaltenders and 47th among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 89 goals. His save percentage is .893 which has him sitting 29th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The San Jose Sharks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 2 - 0 defeat against the Detroit Red Wings in their last contest. The Sharks didn't have a great showing offensively in the defeat. For this matchup, they finished 0 out of the 34 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. San Jose racked up 11 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 51 and the Corsi against was 36 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 58.6%. Their Fenwick was 33 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 26, which gave them a rate of 55.9%. They took 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 17 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 71.3% and they had a PDO of 88.9 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Detroit Red Wings racked up a total of 23 shots. They finished with a total of 13 minutes in the box and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Penguins will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 24 wins and 11 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 2nd in the East and 2nd in the NHL with +30. They currently have a total of 134 goals for this season which is 6th in the conference. Pittsburgh has a team save % of .909 which is good for 9th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 10.3% which puts them at 7th in the East. In net for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry who is having a solid year by allowing only 1.88 goals per contest and that places him 1st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,022 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 32 goals. He has a save % of .938, which has him ranked 1st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Penguins took home the win by a score of 5 - 2. For this game, Pittsburgh had a 55.0% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 55 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 54.3% by earning a Fenwick of 38 and the Senators having earned a 32 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Pittsburgh played and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO of 107.3 and they earned an oZS percentage of 53.1%. The Penguins scored 5 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Senators had 2 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Pittsburgh gave way to 26 shots on goal and the Senators had 26 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (+166)
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