San Jose Sharks vs New York Rangers Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/22/2020
Game: San Jose Sharks vs New York Rangers
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+162) Rangers (-180)
Aaron Dell and the San Jose Sharks (26-30-4, 6th in the Pacific Division) head to Madison Square Garden on Saturday where they'll meet the New York Rangers (31-24-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division). The moneyline on this contest has the Sharks priced at +162 and the Rangers are at -180. The total has been set at 6.5. The Sharks cover 41.4% of the time, having gone 24-34 SU. New York is covering 51.7% of the time, going 30-28 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this matchup holding a record of 26 wins and 30 defeats, which is good for 6th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 154 goals which has them at 13th in the conference and 28th in the league. Their goal differential is -41, which is good for 28th in the league. The Sharks currently have a total of 56 pts, which has them at 27th in the league and 13th in the West. When talking about shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,762 which has them at 14th in the West and 27th in the league. As a team, San Jose has collected a total of 1,266 hits which has them averaging 21.1 per game. They currently have a total of 692 blocks for this year. The man in goal for San Jose is Aaron Dell from Airdrie, Alberta. He is 30 years old and has totaled 1,597 minutes in goal for the year. Dell is allowing 2.89 goals per game which has him ranked 17th among West goaltenders and 37th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he has surrendered 77 goals. His save percentage is .909 which has him ranked 18th among West goaltenders.
The San Jose Sharks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5 - 3 defeat against the Florida Panthers in their last game. The Sharks had a middle of the road offensive output in this loss. In their game, they finished 3 of the 32 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 4 power play opportunities and netted 1 goal out of those attempts. San Jose had 8 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 50 and the Corsi against was 46 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 52.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 34, which tells us they had a rate of 50.0%. They took 30 face-off wins at even strength and lost 17 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 85.7 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Florida Panthers tallied a total of 27 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 8 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 4 power play chances.
The Rangers are the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 31 wins and 24 defeats. In discussing goal differential, they are sitting 8th in the conference and 10th in the NHL with +12. They currently have a total of 194 goals for this season which is good for 7th in the East. New York has a team save % of .910 which has them sitting 9th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 10.6% putting them at 4th in the conference. In goal for New York is Igor Shesterkin who is having an average campaign by allowing 2.28 goals against average and that has him ranked 3rd among Eastern Conference goalies and 4th in the NHL among goalies. In the 473 mins he's played this year, he's surrendered 18 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .939, which has him ranked 1st among Eastern Conference goalies and 1st in the NHL among goalies.
The New York Rangers opposed the Boston Bruins in a matchup where the Rangers ended up taking the loss by a final score of 3 - 1. For this outing, New York went home with a 49.5% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 45 while the opposition had a Corsi of 46. Their Fenwick rate came in at 51.5% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Bruins earning a 32 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New York had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO was 91.3 and their percentage of oZS was 43.3%. The Rangers converted 1 goal out of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 5 power play attempts in this one and converted 1 out of those chances. In discussing their opponent, the Bruins had 2 power play attempts but were not able to score a goal. New York gave up 34 shots on goal and the Bruins had a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take San Jose (+162)
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