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(21-20-5) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks (26-16-2)
Date: Thursday January 19th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: SAP Center in San Jose, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: San Jose -167
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: San Jose -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Tampa Bay, with just two win in the last eight games, are really on the ropes as we near the All-Star Break of this NHL season. The Lightning need every win it can get at this point.
San Jose, on the second night of a back-to-back, will look to continue its solid record at home in SAP Center.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are having an extremely disappointing year, especially after losing Steven Stamkos to another season-ending injury.
Tampa Bay continues to struggle on the defensive end and rank 24th in the NHL in goals against. The Lightning have allowed 135 goals this year. In three of the last eight games, the Lightning have given up six goals to opponents.
The offensive burden, without Stamkos, continues to be on the shoulders of Nikita Kucherov. He’s been a solid force all season and has 17 goals and 24 assists. In his last five games, he has a goal and an assist for the Lightning.
Center Tyler Johnson has had his struggles trying to fill the skates of Steven Stamkos on the top line but has found some success. In his last five games, Johnson has a goal and an assist. He has 13 goals and 13 assists on the year.
Jonathan Drouin has had the best five-game stretch of any Tampa forward. He has 13 goals and 16 assists this season, including two goals and three assists over the last five.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose has just three wins in its last eight games and hasn’t been playing great hockey to start 2017. In that eight-game stretch, the Sharks lost two straight to Los Angeles and were shut out by the Blues.
San Jose has to find a way to get the offense going because it seems like teams are starting to figure out what makes that great Sharks defense tick. On the season, San Jose ranks 4th in the league in goals against, giving up just 102 on the year.
However, San Jose has given up 25 goals over the last eight games, including 17 in the five losses. That’s an average of over three goals per game, much higher than the season average of 2.31.
Two-way defenseman Brent Burns continues to be the Sharks’ best scoring option. This season, he has 18 goals along with 27 assists. Over the last five games, he has three goals and five assists.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Total has gone UNDER in three of Tampa Bay’s last five games
- San Jose is 4-1 ATS in the last five games
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Hockey Prediction:
I like San Jose to take this one at home. The Sharks are a solid squad, much better than the Lightning. San Jose gets the W at home.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: San Jose ML
San Jose is 15-6-1 this year at home. It’s hard to bet against the Sharks in SAP Center, especially against a mediocre team like Tampa. The Sharks’ money line is a solid choice here.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 1 – San Jose 3
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