Ottawa Senators vs San Jose Sharks Predictions, Free NHL Pick 3/7/2020
Game: Ottawa Senators vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Senators (+140) Sharks (-155)
Aaron Dell and the San Jose Sharks (29-34-4, 6th in the Pacific Division) host the Ottawa Senators (24-32-12, 7th in the Atlantic Division) at SAP Center on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The Senators open this matchup at +140 while the Sharks are coming in at -155. The O/U has been set at 6. The Senators cover 34.3% of the time, having gone 23-44 SU. The Sharks cover 41.5% of the time, going 27-38 straight up.
The Ottawa Senators head into this game holding a record of 24 victories and 32 losses, which puts them at 7th in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 184 goals which puts them at 12th in the East and 23rd in the league. Their goal differential is -45, which puts them at 30th in the league. The Senators have a total of 60 points, which puts them at 29th in the league and 15th in the Eastern Conference. With reference to shots at the opposition, they have a total of 2,068 which puts them at 12th in the East and 20th in the league. As a group, Ottawa has obtained a total of 1,814 hits which means they have an average of 26.7 per game. They have a total of 879 blocks for the year. The man in net for Ottawa is Craig Anderson from Ruse, Bulgaria. He is 38 years old and has played a total of 1,727 minutes protecting the goal for the season. Anderson is giving up 3.34 goals against average which has him sitting 30th among Eastern Conference goalies and 62nd in the NHL among goaltenders. During this year, he's surrendered 96 goals. His save % is .899 which has him sitting 27th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Ottawa Senators had a good night with a 4 - 3 win over the New York Islanders in their last contest. The Senators played really well in the victory. For this outing, they finished 4 of the 29 shots they put on goal. They also had 3 power play chances but didn't get a goal. Ottawa racked up 8 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Senators sat at 47 and the Corsi against was 47 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 39 while the Fenwick against sat at 40, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 49.4%. They took 16 face-off wins and lost 22 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 38.1% and they had a PDO of 107.8 in this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the New York Islanders tallied 40 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty minutes and they earned 4 power play attempts.
The Sharks will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 29 victories and 34 losses. When looking at goal differential, they are sitting 13th in the West and 26th in the league with -39. They have earned a total of 174 goals for this season which ranks 13th in the West. San Jose has a save percentage as a team of .895 which currently has them ranked 30th in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.7% which puts them at 11th in the conference. In net for San Jose is Aaron Dell who is having a rough season by surrendering 2.94 goals against average and that places him 22nd among West goaltenders and 44th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,714 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has allowed 84 goals. He holds a save percentage of .907, which places him at 22nd among West goaltenders and 44th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks squared up with the Minnesota Wild in a matchup where the Sharks took the loss by a score of 3 - 2. In their game, San Jose went home with a 63.6% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 70 and their opponent having a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick rate came in at 63.1% by notching a Fenwick of 53 and the Wild having a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game San Jose had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO was 91.2 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 61.5%. The Sharks scored 2 goals out of the 42 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and were able to net 1 out of those tries. As for their opponent, the Wild had 1 power play opportunity but didn't tally a goal. San Jose gave up 27 shots on goal and the Wild earned 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (-155)
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