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(20-22-3) Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks (28-13-7)
Date: Wednesday, January 16th
Time: 10:00 PM
Venue: Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Sharks -150
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It took half of the season, but the San Jose Sharks are finally rolling commensurate to their talent and potential. The home team Coyotes might discover that the hard way on Wednesday night, as San Jose rolls into the desert looking to take a chomp out of the ‘Yotes.
It says a lot about the NHL’s parity that a team technically only two games ‘under’ .500 finds itself in second-last place in the Pacific division. It’s true that any team can win on any given night. But the visitors look mighty strong at the moment, so Arizona must be flawless in order to send their (dwindling) home fans home happy.
If it’s to happen, look in the direction of centerman Clayton Keller. The young American leads the team in points (31) and becomes all the more important now leading goal scorer Brad Richardson has gone down with injury. Also keep an eye on Jordan Weal, who was just acquired via trade with Philadelphia and might suit up for this one.
‘Zona is coming off a nasty 7-1 loss to Calgary, so the Coyotes are definitely looking to right the ship.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks are flexing their muscle, and it’s translated to a 9-1 record in their last 10 games and seven consecutive victories overall. The usual suspects (Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture) are scoring, the old man (Joe Thornton) is scoring, and when guys like Tomas Hertl are chipping in with hat tricks, it’s simply icing on the cake.
Defenceman – but most of all, offensive guru – Brent Burns once again leads the team in points and even slow-starting superstar D-man Erik Karlsson seems to have found his form. This all means that San Jose should be a monumentally tough out in the Western Conference this year, which is great news for those that would love to see Thornton bag a Stanley Cup before he retires.
If it isn’t already evident from my commentary, I believe the visiting Sharks are a vastly superior team to Arizona. However, teams can’t win every single game, and when you factor in that Arizona has to fix their gaffes from the 7-1 blowout laugher, and this game is being played in the ‘dog days’ of the midseason, this could be a trap game for San Jose.
For all those reasons and even the sleepy atmosphere in Glendale (it’s not spring break yet, people, so it’s all octogenarian Minnesotans in attendance) this is a game where the Sharks could well get caught sleepwalking. I’ll actually call for Arizona to pull off the upset.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Coyotes ML
NHL Free Score Prediction: San Jose 2 – Arizona 4
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