1/21/18 – San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks 1/21/18 – San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks
1/21/18 – San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks

JANUARY 21, 2018, 9:00 PM ET | HONDA CENTER

Anaheim (-150) is currently the favorite over San Jose (+130), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-130 under, +110 over).

San Jose is 25-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 45 regular season outings, 28 of its games have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team this season, the Sharks are 11-12 SU.

San Jose has converted on 22.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.6 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, San Jose has been penalized 3.8 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 2.6 per game over its past five games. The team’s had to kill penalties just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .910 save percentage and 25.0 saves per game, Martin Jones (15-16-5) has been the best option in goal for San Jose this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, San Jose might roll with Aaron Dell (11-8-2), who has a .928 save percentage and 2.18 goals against average this year.

Brent Burns and Joe Thornton will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Sharks. Burns has 37 points on seven goals and 30 assists, and has recorded multiple points in eight different games. Thornton has 12 goals and 21 assists to his credit (and has registered at least one point in 25 games).

On the other side of the rink, Anaheim is 22-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 12-11 SU as the home team.

Anaheim has converted on just 16.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all penalties.

Anaheim players have been sent to the penalty box 4.6 times per game in total this season, and 3.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties a whopping 14.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.

John Gibson (29.7 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for Anaheim. Gibson has 16 wins, 20 losses, and six OT losses to his name and has maintained a 2.59 goals against average and a .923 save percentage this year.

The home team offense will be led by Rickard Rakell (16 goals, 17 assists).

Prediction

UNDER

Shane Weatherby

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