Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Rangers vs. Sharks NHL Odds
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(15-12-3) New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks (15-16-2)
Date: Thursday, December 12th
Time: 7:30 PM PST
Venue: SAP Centre, San Jose
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: San Jose -155 | New York +135
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Sharks +1.5 | Rangers -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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The New York Rangers continue their western road trip. After blanking the Golden Knights 5-0 in Las Vegas they gave up a 3-1 loss in L.A, so it’s hard what to make of the Rangers as they head San Jose on Thursday night.
The Sharks, for their part, have just finished a four-game road trip and they are on a five-game losing streak, following their 3-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators Tuesday.
These two interconference teams square off for the first time this season. Last year, the Rangers won both last season’s duels, and last season the Sharks were definitely a stronger team than they are today. Does that assure victory to the Rangers? Let’s take a look…
New York Rangers
As noted, the Rangers are as schizophrenic as they come this season. Defeating the playoff worthy Golden Knights 5-0 one night, then losing to the basement dwelling Kings another.
The Rangers have actually lost four of their last seven games, so if they arena any kind of streak it’s a losing one. Still, the Rangers haven’t dropped two straight games since November 17 which is encouraging for them as they head into San Jose.
Winger, Artemi Panarin has been having a good season and leads the way for the Rangers with 15 goals and 22 assists. Center Ryan Strome has been decent, six goals and 20 assists.
But it’s at goal where the Rangers struggle. Starting goalie, Henrik Lundqvist has struggled all season with a 3.15 GAA and a .911 save percentage. back-up Alexandar Georgiev is better at 2.67 GAA and a .926 save percentage, but Lundqvist will likely get the start.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks’ defense has simply fallen apart over the last five games. And to boot, their offense struggled as well, as San Jose lost five straight.
And they didn’t lose, they were humiliated, starting with a 5-2 home loss to Washington, then Tampa Bay 7-1, Florida 5-1, Nashville 3-1 (and their one close game, a shoot-out loss to Carolina).
San Jose is 29th in the league in goals against (3.42). But Interestingly, their penalty-killing percentage is the best in the league (88.3%), go figure.
Center Logan Couture continues to be the Sharks’ best player, with nine goals and 20 assists to date.
Free New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Prediction:
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Rangers ML
You have to think the Sharks are due to break out of their slump. They do have talent on that team, and their defense isn’t that bad, just woefully underperforming.
Then there’s the Rangers, what team will show up? Overall the Rangers definitely have the edge here, despite being at the end of a long road trip. The only question mark, really, is Lundqvist.
The Sharks used to be a strong home team, but they seem to have given up on their season, while Rangers can still taste a playoff spot. If the Sharks are going to break their slump it won’t be against the Rangers who are desperate for points.
Take the Rangers and the under.
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