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(21-12-1) San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks (17-12-6)
Date: Tuesday December 27th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Honda Center in Anaheim, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Anaheim -120
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Anaheim -1.5
NHL Betting Total: Off
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Off of a holiday break after two straight wins, the Sharks are looking to keep a great season rolling and take care of Pacific Division rivals, the Anaheim Ducks.
The script is flipped on Anaheim, as they went into the break with two straight losses and are looking to stay in the top 3 in the Pacific.
San Jose Sharks
The month of December has been kind to the 1st place Sharks. San Jose is 7-3-0 this month and will look to add another in the win column in Anaheim on Tuesday.
The key to the Sharks success continues to be their defense and goaltending. Ranked 4th in the NHL in goals against, San Jose has given up just 75 goals all season. With one of the top five goaltenders in the league in Martin Jones, it’s no wonder why Sharks’ opponents score so little.
Jones is 18-11-1 on the season and has a 2.08 GAA to go along with a .919 save percentage. He’s definitely a goaltender that will be in the talk for the Vezina Trophy along with guys like Carey Price and Matt Murray.
The Sharks’ defensive prowess eliminates the need for a flashy offense. While San Jose ranks just 20th in goals scored (87), the team is still a plus-12 in goal differntial on the year because of how great the defense is.
The Anaheim Ducks are a tough team to beat at home. On the year, Anaheim is 10-4-1 in the Honda Center and is one of the better home teams in the NHL. The goal-scoring has been a strong suit of the Ducks and bails them out of games despite a mediocre defense.
Anaheim ranks just 19th in goals against and has given up 99 goals to opponents this season. The minus-3 goal differential explains why Anaheim hasn’t cracked the top two of the Pacific Division.
Rickard Rakell has had a solid campaign this year. He has 21 points (14G, 7A) on the season including three goals and an assist in his last five games.
Center Ryan Kesler is the star of this Ducks team. He has 28 points (12G, 16A) this year and he’s an extremely important top six piece for Anaheim.
To beat the Sharks, Kesler, Rakell, and the other top six guys will have to find a way to score against a top tier defense like San Jose.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Total has gone OVER in five of Anaheim’s last seven games
- San Jose is 9-8-1 on the road this season
Free San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Hockey Prediction:
San Jose is a great team, despite being .500 on the road for the year. With such a fantastic defense and goaltender, the Sharks should beat Anaheim on the road.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: San Jose ML
Despite taking on one of the tougher teams to beat at home, San Jose has such a fantastic defense that it should propel them to a W in the Honda Center.
NHL Free Score Prediction: San Jose 3 – Anaheim 2
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