Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Red Wings vs Sharks Odds
Weekly NHL betting sees the Detroit Red Wings taking on the San Jose Sharks Thursday January 7th at the SAP Center in San Jose. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey season long so stay tuned for more FREE NHL hockey predictions.
Detroit Red Wings (20-13-7) vs. San Jose Sharks (18-17-2)
Date: Thursday, January 7th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: San Jose -120
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Not posted at press time.
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Detroit Red Wings will look for their third-straight win against a sinking San Jose Sharks team Thursday night.
With 47 points to their name, the Detroit Red Wings are just five points behind the scorching Florida Panthers for 1st place in the Atlantic Division.
The red Wings are currently 6th in the Eastern Conference standings despite being pretty pedestrian on both offense and defense.
Detroit is scoring just 2.5 GPG and is allowing 2.6 GPG.
Dylan Larkin’s 14 goals doesn’t even crack the top-20 in the NHL, but he still leads Detroit in goals. Still, the Red Wings are finding a way to win games, and they’re looking to do just that when they face the disappointing San Jose Sharks.
The Red Wings have won the first two of a seven-game road trip and will look to exact revenge upon a San Jose team that beat them 3-2 in November.
Petr Mrazek is expected to get the start in this one. He comes in with a record of 13-8-3, a GAA of 2.25 and a save percentage of .926.
The Sharks are awful, and there’s no other way to describe it. Even after their hot start, the Sharks have faded into the abyss and find themselves one point ahead of Edmonton for last place in the Pacific Division.
Despite Joe Pavelski’s All-Star season, San Jose has struggled miserably, especially at home.
The Sharks are just 5-11 at SAP Center this year, and they’ve been outscored 23-12 over their last six home games. Pavelski’s 20 goals ranks 4th in the NHL and his 38 points rank 8th.
He’s been San Jose’s best player, but he needs some help if the Sharks want to make a run at the postseason.
Martin Jones will start in net for San Jose against Detroit. Jones comes in with a 16-12-2 record, a GAA of 2.52 and a save percentage of .910.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Red Wings are 9-5-3 as an underdog this year.
- Red Wings are 4-3-1 as an underdog vs. the Western Conference.
- Sharks are 11-10-1 as a favorite this year.
- Sharks are 13-7 vs. the Eastern Conference.
- The OVER is 22-12-3 in Sharks games this year.
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It’s tough to see the Sharks bouncing back against a quality team like Detroit, especially when they’ve struggled so badly in front of their home crowd.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Detroit ML
The Red Wings are trying to keep pace with the Florida Panthers and they’ve started out well on their road trip. San Jose is awful at home and has lost four of its last six games overall. This is a great price for Detroit.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Detroit 4- San Jose 2
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