San Jose Sharks vs. Washington Capitals - 1/5/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Washington Capitals
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+192) Capitals (-230)
Capital One Arena is the venue where Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (28-9-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the San Jose Sharks (18-21-3, 6th in the Pacific Division) on Sunday. The Capitals open this game at -230 while the Sharks are priced at +192. The over/under is set at 6.5. The Sharks cover 40.0% of the time, having gone 16-24 SU. Washington is covering 64.1% of the time, going 25-14 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this game holding a record of 18 victories and 21 losses, putting them at 6th in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 110 goals which puts them at 13th in the conference and 26th in the league. Their goal differential is -30, putting them at 29th in the league. The Sharks have compiled a total of 39 pts, which puts them at 26th in the league and 13th in the conference. When it comes to shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,225 which puts them at 13th in the conference and 25th in the league. As a unit, San Jose has earned a total of 909 hits which means they have an average of 21.6 per game. They have compiled a total of 453 blocks for this season. The man protecting the net for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 30 years old and has played 1,705 minutes defending the goal this year. Jones is surrendering an average of 3.13 GAA which has him placed 26th among Western Conference goalies and 49th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's allowed 89 goals. He's earned a save % of .893 which has him placed 28th among Western Conference goalies.
The San Jose Sharks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their previous game. The Sharks had a middle of the road offensive outing in this victory. For this outing, they netted 3 of the 32 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 2 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal out of those attempts. San Jose racked up 4 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 46 and the Corsi against was 58 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 44.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 and the Fenwick against sat at 46, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.5%. They won 31 face-off wins at even strength and lost 30 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 31.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 100.6 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins racked up a total of 38 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty minutes and they had 2 power play attempts.
The Capitals are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 28 wins and 9 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the East and 4th in the league with +24. They have a total of 147 goals for this season which has them at 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Washington has a save percentage as a team of .903 which currently has them ranked 17th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.0% which puts them at 2nd in the conference. In goal for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a bad year by surrendering 2.99 goals per contest and that ranks him 18th among East goaltenders and 38th in the NHL. In the 1,665 mins he has been on the ice, he has surrendered 83 goals. He holds a save percentage of .902, which places him at 22nd among East goaltenders and 44th in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals faced the Carolina Hurricanes in a game where the Capitals earned a victory by a final score of 4 - 3. In this matchup, Washington wound up with a 38.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 34 while the opposition had a Corsi of 54. Their Fenwick rate was 41.3% with a Fenwick of 31 and the Hurricanes having earned a 44 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Washington played and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 104.8 and they had an oZS percentage of 50.3%. The Capitals scored 4 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play attempts in this game and netted 2 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Hurricanes had 6 power play attempts and went on to score 2 goals. Washington conceded 41 shots on goal and the Hurricanes racked up 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington (-230)
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