Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Flyers vs Sharks NHL Odds
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(20-13-4) Philadelphia Flyers vs. San Jose Sharks (22-12-1)
Date: Friday December 30th
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: SAP Center in San Jose, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: San Jose -165
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: San Jose -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The top team in the Pacific Division, San Jose, heads to Chicago to take on the top team in the Central Division.
Both on solid winning streaks, these two teams will meet Sunday evening in what should be a very entertaining matchup.
Give Philly some credit. Playing in the toughest division in the NHL, the Metropolitan, has made it tough for them to seem like a playoff team. The Flyers are the 5th seed in the Metro right now and, the way the other teams are playing, it looks like they’ll probably stay 5th.
After winning 10 straight games, the Flyers have struggled a bit recently. Losing four of their last five, all against very tough teams, the Flyers will look to bounce back against a very good Sharks team.
To do so, the defense has to play much better hockey. The Flyers rank dead last in goals against and have given up 114 on the season. That’s an average of 3.08 goals per game.
Fortunately for Philly, the offense is as good as the defense is bad. The Flyers have scored an impressive 114 goals in 37 games and have multiple weapons, including Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, and Brayden Schenn.
A good offense won’t get it done alone. To beat the Sharks, the defense has to step up Friday night.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks continue to play good hockey, especially in the month of December. San Jose is 8-4-0 this month, including wins in seven of the last eight games.
Brent Burns continues to be a superstar for the Sharks. He has a goal and five assists in his last five games, and leads the team in points (34) and goals (14). Burns is clearly one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL.
The top line of Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau has combined for 70 points on the year, including 23 goals. All three guys in this top line are in their 30s and contributing some of the best play on the team.
The Sharks’ defense prowess has not diminished at all as the season rolls on. They rank 4th in the league in goals against and (77), despite an underwhelming offense, the defense has been able to win them games.
They’ve only scored 90 goals on the year, but gut out wins by stifling opponents’ goal-scorers.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The UNDER is 3-1-1 in Philadelphia’s last five games
- San Jose is 12-4-0 at home this season
Free Philadelphia Flyers vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Hockey Prediction:
San Jose is fantastic on its home ice this year. I don’t think that trend will change as long as the defense holds up against the Flyers. I like San Jose to take the W.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5
Philly has the ability and the players to score 5 goals on their own. San Jose’s top line can score as well. This game should see more than 5 total goals.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 3 – San Jose 4
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