Sharks vs Canucks Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/18/2020
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+143) Canucks (-158)
Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (25-18-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division) host the San Jose Sharks (21-23-4, 6th in the Pacific Division) at Rogers Arena on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The line on this matchup has the Sharks priced at +143 and the Canucks are at -158. The total opens at 6. The Sharks cover 40.4% of the time, having gone 19-28 SU. Vancouver covers 51.1% of the time, going 23-22 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks step onto the ice with a record of 21 wins and 23 losses, putting them at 6th in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 127 goals which has them ranked at 11th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the league. Their goal differential is -31, putting them at 28th in the league. The Sharks currently have a total of 46 pts, which has them ranked at 26th in the league and 13th in the conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,398 which has them ranked at 13th in the West and 24th in the league. As a unit, San Jose has collected a total of 1,029 hits which means they have an average of 21.4 per game. They currently have a total of 530 blocks for the season. The man protecting the goal for San Jose is Aaron Dell from Airdrie, Alberta. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,121 mins defending the goal this year. Dell is giving up 2.84 goals against average which puts him at 14th among West goaltenders and 28th in the NHL. For the season, he has given up 53 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .909 which puts him at 17th among West goaltenders.
The San Jose Sharks will need a bounce back game after taking a 6 - 3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes in their previous contest. The Sharks played like an average offensive team in the loss. For this game, they finished 3 out of the 28 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts and notched 1 goal out of those opportunities. San Jose earned a total of 4 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 56 and the Corsi against was 56 giving them a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 37 while the Fenwick against was 45, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 45.1%. They took 29 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 21 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 59.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 94.8 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Arizona Coyotes tallied a total of 40 shots. They had 6 minutes in the box and they notched 2 power play chances.
The Canucks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 25 victories and 18 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the conference and 13th in the NHL with +6. They have a total of 152 goals for the year which has them sitting at 3rd in the West. Vancouver has a team save % of .905 which currently has them ranked 15th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.2% ranking them 4th in the Western Conference. In net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having a marginal year by surrendering 2.77 goals per contest and that has him 12th in the Western Conference and 25th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,952 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he has allowed 90 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .914, which has him ranking 12th in the Western Conference and 22nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks played the Winnipeg Jets in a matchup where the Canucks ended up taking the loss by a tally of 4 - 0. In this matchup, Vancouver wound up with a 62.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 59 while the opposition had a Corsi of 35. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 62.3% with a Fenwick of 48 and the Jets having earned a 29 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Vancouver played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO at even strength of 85.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 51.6%. The Canucks notched 0 goals of the 41 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing but were not able to net one. As for the opposition, the Jets had 3 power play chances and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Vancouver gave up 25 shots on goal and the Jets ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (-158)
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