Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Senators vs Sharks Odds
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(15-9-2) Ottawa Senators vs. San Jose Sharks (15-9-1)
Date: Wednesday, December 7th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Sharks – 208
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The Ottawa Senators start their trip through California on Wednesday night with a game against last year’s Stanley Cup finalists, the San Jose Sharks. These teams share very similar records, hard as that may be to believe.
Yes, you read that correct, the Sens and Sharks have very similar records, and the Senators are in fact one point better than the Sharks, with one more game played.
Ottawa has been one of the bigger surprises in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference as a whole, as they’ve found a measure of consistency and are quietly the owners of the fourth highest point total in the NHL right now (I know, I was surprised as well).
It’s hard to digest that this team is among the top in the NHL because they don’t do anything spectacularly well, nor do they possess a great deal of star power. This is a team however that is very well-rounded and doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses.
Mike Hoffman has picked up his game exponentially of late after a slow start to the season and has racked up eight points during his current five-game point streak.
The Sens may just go back to Mike Condon in net on Wednesday night even with Craig Anderson back from a brief absence. Anderson was shelled for seven goals against the Penguins on Monday night.
San Jose Sharks
Unlike the Senators, if someone told you the Sharks were near the top of the standings a week into December you wouldn’t be surprised one bit.
The Sharks are one of the hotter teams in the NHL at the moment, with five wins in their last six games, and are riding a three game winning streak that includes victories over the LA Kings and Montreal Canadiens.
This is somewhat of a big game for the Sharks despite their relatively comfortable place in the Western Conference standings.
I’d expect the Sharks to come out guns ablaze Wednesday night on home ice, as they will play five of their next six on the road, with all but a road date against Anaheim taking place a few time zones away, and three in Canada with a swing through Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
The Sharks are rounding into the type of team that went to the Stanley Cup final last year. They’re very good at possessing the puck and keeping their opposition’s scoring chances to a minimum.
San Jose has allowed just three goals in their last three wins, and while Martin Jones has been very good in goal, a lot of credit goes to this group that limits opportunities in front of him.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Under is 6-1-1 in OTT last 8 Wed. games.
- Under is 16-5-1 in OTT last 22 overall.
- OTT are 22-7 in their last 29 vs. Pacific.
- Under is 15-5-6 in SJ last 26 home games.
- Under is 30-13-10 in SJ last 53 overall.
Free Ottawa Senators vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Hockey Prediction:
Getting lit up for 8 goals against the Pens has really lowered the opinions of odds makers on the Sens. A line of -208 for the Sharks would suggest that this should be a breeze for San Jose and the Sens are merely participants in this contest.
Not so fast though, as the Sharks haven’t beaten the Sens in the last two years, and after an ugly game on Monday the Sens will be looking for a bounce back.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Ottawa +186
That +186 is too tempting to pass up for me. The Sens are a perfect 4-0 against the Sharks over the last two seasons and the Sharks, while on a three game win streak are due for what looks like a bit of a trap game.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Ottawa 3 – 2 San Jose
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