Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks Predictions, NHL Picks 2/29/2020
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (-160) Sharks (+144)
SAP Center is the site where Aaron Dell and the San Jose Sharks (27-33-4, 7th in the Pacific Division) will play the Pittsburgh Penguins (37-19-6, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) on Saturday. The Sharks open this game at +144 while the Penguins are priced at -160. The O/U opens at 6. The Penguins are covering 57.6% of the time, having gone 34-25 SU. The Sharks are covering 40.3% of the time, going 25-37 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins head into this game holding a record of 37 wins and 19 losses, putting them at 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 199 goals which has them at 8th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +29, putting them at 5th in the NHL. The Penguins currently have a total of 80 points, which has them at 6th in the NHL and 4th in the Eastern Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,986 which has them at 9th in the East and 18th in the NHL. As a group, Pittsburgh has obtained a total of 1,649 hits which means they have an average of 26.6 per contest. They currently have a total of 697 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 24 years old and has totaled 1,806 mins minding the net for the year. Jarry is surrendering an average of 2.23 GAA which puts him at 2nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 4th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this season, he's given up 67 goals. His save % is .927 which puts him at 3rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had a rough game after their 2 - 1 loss against the Los Angeles Kings the last time they stepped on the ice. The Penguins could have played much better offensively in this defeat. For this game, they finished 1 out of the 36 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances but didn't get a goal. Pittsburgh had 4 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 56 and the Corsi against was 30 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 65.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 43 and the Fenwick against sat at 19, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 69.4%. They took 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 23 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 67.9% and they had a PDO of 96.9 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Los Angeles Kings earned 22 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Sharks will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 27 wins and 33 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they sit 15th in the West and 30th in the NHL with -46. They currently have a total of 162 goals for the year which has them ranked at 13th in the Western Conference. San Jose has a save % as a team of .893 which currently has them ranked 30th in the NHL, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 8.5% ranking them 13th in the West. In goal for San Jose is Aaron Dell who is having a bad campaign by giving up 2.94 goals per game and that ranks him 21st among Western Conference goaltenders and 42nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,714 minutes he has played, he's surrendered 84 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .907, which places him at 21st among Western Conference goaltenders and 42nd in the NHL among goalies.
The San Jose Sharks played the New Jersey Devils in a game where the Sharks notched a victory by a score of 3 - 2. In this matchup, San Jose had a 61.8% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 55 while their opponent had a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 57.1% by earning a Fenwick of 36 and the Devils ending the game with a 27 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that San Jose played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO at even strength of 98.3 and their oZS percentage was 63.6%. The Sharks converted 3 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Devils had 4 power play opportunities but didn't put the puck in goal. San Jose gave up 23 shots on goal and the Devils racked up 8 minutes in the box.
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Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-160)
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