New Jersey Devils vs San Jose Sharks Predictions, NHL Pick, Odds, Tips 2/27/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+132) Sharks (-146)
Aaron Dell and the San Jose Sharks (26-33-4, 7th in the Pacific Division) play the New Jersey Devils (25-27-10, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) at SAP Center on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The Devils open this game at +132 while the Sharks are coming in at -146. The total has been set at 6. The Devils are covering 36.2% of the time, having gone 21-37 SU. The Sharks are covering 39.3% of the time, going 24-37 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 25 victories and 27 losses, which puts them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 167 goals which has them at 15th in the East and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -38, which puts them at 26th in the NHL. The Devils currently have a total of 60 pts, which has them at 26th in the NHL and 14th in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,917 which has them at 13th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd in the NHL. As a unit, New Jersey has collected a total of 1,128 hits which means they are averaging 18.2 per game. They currently have a total of 789 blocks for the year. The man looking after the goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,443 mins in goal for the season. Blackwood is allowing an average of 2.73 goals per game which places him at 16th in the East and 26th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he has surrendered 111 goals. He has a save % of .916 which places him at 8th in the East.
The New Jersey Devils came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 1 win against the Detroit Red Wings in their previous game. The Devils had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in this victory. In this game, they earned a goal on 4 of the 31 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 5 power play chances and netted 3 goals out of those chances. New Jersey racked up 31 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Devils was 34 and the Corsi against was 43 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 44.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 25 and the Fenwick against sat at 31, which gave them a rate of 44.6%. They took 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 18 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 26.1% and they had a PDO of 105.0 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Detroit Red Wings earned 28 shots. They finished with 20 penalty minutes and they notched 4 power play chances.
The Sharks are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 26 wins and 33 losses. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 15th in the Western Conference and 30th in the NHL with -47. They have earned a total of 159 goals for the season which ranks 14th in the West. San Jose has a team save % of .893 which currently has them ranked 29th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are shooting 8.5% ranking them 13th in the conference. In net for San Jose is Aaron Dell who is having a bad year by surrendering 2.94 goals against average and that has him 21st among West goalies and 42nd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,714 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 84 goals. He holds a save % of .907, which ranks him 19th among West goalies and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks played the Philadelphia Flyers in an outing where the Sharks took the defeat by a tally of 4 - 2. For this outing, San Jose had a 49.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 49 while their opponent had a Corsi of 51. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 48.5% by earning a Fenwick of 32 and the Flyers having a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game San Jose played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO of 95.1 and their oZS percentage was 55.4%. The Sharks scored 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but didn't score a goal. As for the opposition, the Flyers had 2 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. San Jose gave up 27 shots on goal and the Flyers earned 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+132)
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