San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction, 3/24/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+225) Oilers (-275)
The San Jose Sharks (28-27-8) are traveling to Rogers Place on Thursday where they will play the Edmonton Oilers (35-24-5). The moneyline on this contest has San Jose at +225 while Edmonton is at -275. The over/under is 6.
The San Jose Sharks will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4-3 victory over the Flames in their last contest. San Jose accrued 6 minutes in the box for this game. Additionally, they had 2 opportunities with more players on the ice but weren't able to score. The Sharks had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the victory. For the matchup, they converted 4 of the 38 shots they put on goal.
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When it comes to their goal scoring prowess, the San Jose Sharks have accumulated 165 goals (25th in the league) so far this season and have surrendered 196. For the current season, the have a total of 64 points and their points percentage sits at .508. San Jose is sitting with 175 power play opportunities and they have added 33 goals during those chances, giving them a rate of 18.86%. While playing at even strength, the Sharks have allowed the opponent to score 172 goals while getting 132 on the offensive side of the ice. San Jose has attempted 1,834 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.0%. The Sharks have had 2,004 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .902. San Jose Sharks opponents have 165 power play opportunities (29th in pro hockey) and have earned 24 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Kaapo Kahkonen. Kahkonen has played in 54 games over the course of his NHL career. He has a record of 31-17-4 and he started in 51 games. The opposition has been able to score 149 goals versus Kahkonen in his NHL career and his goals against average per contest is 2.89. Kahkonen has seen 1,598 shots taken against him and has recorded 1,449 saves. His save percentage is .907 for his 3,098 minutes between the pipes. Over the course of his pro career, Kahkonen has tallied 27 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .529.
The last time they were on the ice, Edmonton squared up with the Stars in a game where the Oilers took the defeat by a tally of 5-3. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this one but were not able to net one. The Oilers scored 3 goals out of the 25 shots on goal they pursued.
On the season, the Edmonton Oilers have tallied 214 goals, 75 points, and a points percentage of .586. They have allowed 204 goals to be scored by of a combination of 156 goals at even strength and 48 goals while they were shorthanded. The Oilers are sitting with 167 goals at even strength and 47 goals (7th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have a total of 191 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 24.61%. Edmonton has put up 2,139 shots (9th in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 10.00%, while allowing the other team 2,024 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 75.88% on their opponents 199 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 89.9%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Mike Smith defending the net. He is sitting with 17,525 stops out of the 19,224 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .912. Smith holds a career mark of 289-262-78 and has been in goal for 659 games. He has made the start in 617 contests and has played for a total of 37,625 mins. Smith's quality start percentage sits at 52.8% and he has accumulated 326 quality starting assignments in his career. Opponents are averaging 2.71 goals/game and he has allowed 1,699 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (+225)
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