Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Predators vs Sharks NHL Odds
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(32-24-10) Nashville Predators vs. San Jose Sharks (39-19-7)
Date: Saturday March 11th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: SAP Cener in San Jose, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Sharks -150
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Nashville Predators are in the thick of a Western Conference playoff hunt, with 74 points on the year. They are seated 3rd in the Central, three points ahead of the St. Louis Blues, who are currently in the final wildcard seed in the West.
The Sharks don’t appear to have anything to worry about, sitting in first in the Pacific Division with 85 points and looking like a lock to finish with the top spot in their Division.
Nashville ranks 10th in goals per game at 2.9 on average this season, and 16th overall in goals against a 2.8.
Centerman Ryan Johansen leads the Preds with 41 assists, and is tied atop the team points list with his trigger man on his wing, Filip Forsberg, with 51 apiece.
Forsberg, who was acquired in one of the most lopsided trades in recent memory for Martin Erat in 2012, has been a scoring star in his time in Nashville.
The 22-year old Swede netted 33 goals last season, and is on pace to eclipse that mark this year with 27 in 66 games to date.
The two have been joined by Victor Arvidsson on the top line, who is experiencing a breakout in his second season (first full) with the team. Arvidsson has netted 23 goals and 47 points in 64 games
Roman Josi, PK Subban, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis form one of the best top-4 defensive units in the league. Josi, a 2017 All-Star, leads the scoring from the backend with 38 points.
The Preds goaltending has been excellent once again this year, with Pekka Rinne registering a .915 SV% and 2.54 GAA in his 33 games played.
Juuse Saros has been one of the best back-ups, owning a .925 SV% and a 2.33 GAA.
San Jose Sharks
Brent Burns is having a year for the ages, on pace to become the first 30-plus goal defenseman since Mike Green accomplished the mark in 2009.
Burns has netted a team-leading 27 goals and 67 points in 65 games played and a plus-23 rating.
Joe Thornton recently joined an exclusive and group of players, becoming the 13th player in NHL history to register 1,000 career assists.
Thornton, 37, is arguably the best set-up man of his era, and has 36 assists on the season which places him amongst the top-30 in the category this year.
Another Joe, captain Joe Pavelski, leads the Sharks’ forwards in points with 57 this season. He is part of a veteran corps that led San Jose to a Cup Final last season, a feat that they appeared poised to contend for again this post-season.
Fellow veterans, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture, have also registered 20+ goals each.
Martin Jones has performed well, owning a .915 SV% and a 2.28 GAA with 30 wins.
In much the same fashion as Nashville, when spelling the Sharks in net, back-up Aaron Dell has looked strong. Dell has a .935 SV% and a 1.88 GAA in 14 appearances.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Predators rank 10th in goals per game at 2.9 on average
- Nashville has a plus-7 goal differential on the season
- Nashville is 13-16-3 on the road this year
- Brent Burns leads all defencemen in scoring with 27 goals and 67 points.
- San Jose has a minus-28 goal differential on the season
- San Jose is 20-7-4 at home
Free Nashville Predators vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Sharks have been virtually unstoppable at home this season, and while facing a legitimate opponent here in the Nashville Predators, should be able to grab another home-ice win.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: San Jose Moneyline.
Nashville has a sub-.500 road record at 13-16-3 this year.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Nashville 2 – San Jose 3
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