Washington Capitals vs San Jose Sharks Prediction, 11/20/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-127) Sharks (+115)
Vitek Vanecek and the Washington Capitals (10-2-5) head to SAP Center on Saturday where they'll take on the San Jose Sharks (8-7-1). The moneyline on this contest has the Capitals priced at -127 and the Sharks are at +115. The O/U opens at 6.5.
The Capitals were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 2-0 victory against the Kings in their previous outing. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 42.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 106.1 for this game. They recorded 24 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 36 attempts to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against was 38, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.6%. The Corsi for the Capitals came in at 50 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 52 which means they had a Corsi rate of 49.0%. Washington accrued 8 penalty mins in this contest. They also had 2 chances on the power play but didn't convert them into a score. The Capitals had a below average offensive outing in the win. For the game, they finished 2 out of the 38 shots they put on net.
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The Capitals have had 465 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .916. While at even strength, the Capitals have allowed the opponent to score 32 goals while notching 49 as an offensive unit. Washington Capitals opponents have earned 43 power play opportunities (23rd in professional hockey) and have notched 7 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have recorded 25 points and their points % is .735. Washington has attempted 537 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.8%. Regarding their scoring capabilities, the Washington Capitals have notched 58 goals (4th in the NHL) over the course of the season and have allowed 39. Washington has accounted for 53 power play chances and they have notched 9 goals during those chances, giving them a rate of 16.98%.
The man in goal for this game is Vitek Vanecek. For his professional hockey career, Vanecek has accrued 23 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .489. He has a save percentage of .908 for his 2,718 mins on the ice. Vanecek has had 1,300 shots taken against him and has accrued 1,181 saves. The opposition has scored 119 goals against Vanecek in his career and his goals against rate is 2.63. He has amassed an overall record of 25-12-8 and he started in 47 games. Vanecek has taken the ice for 48 games over the course of his NHL career.
In their last outing, San Jose played the Blues in a game where the Sharks took the defeat by a score of 4-1. They had a PDO at even strength of 95 and their oZS percentage was 33.3%. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this matchup but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 48.3% by amassing a Fenwick of 42 and the Blues having a 45 Fenwick at even strength. The Sharks scored 1 goal of the 27 shots on goal they took. San Jose earned a 42.5% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that San Jose played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future.
San Jose has tried 458 shots (22nd in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 9.61%, while allowing their opponents 497 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 88.89% on their oppositions 45 chances on the power play, and their save percentage is 90.9%. They have a total of 43 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 20.93%. The Sharks are sitting with 35 goals at even strength and 9 goals (20th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 45 goals to be scored by way of 40 goals at even strength and 5 goals while they had less men on the ice. This season, the San Jose Sharks have earned a total of 44 goals, 17 points, as well as a points percentage of .531.
Across the ice you are going to see James Reimer in net. He has recorded 10,475 saves out of 11,464 shots attempted against him, giving him a save percentage of .914. Reimer is sitting with a lifetime mark of 177-134-44 and has been in net for 394 contests. He got the starting nod in 359 games and has accumulated 21,423 mins. Reimer's quality start percentage is 51.3% and he has qualified for 184 quality starts in his pro career. Teams are averaging 2.77 goals per contest and he has surrendered 989 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (+115)
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