The San Jose Sharks, led by Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson, are prepared to take the ice against Kyle Palmieri, Nico Hischier, and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center for an East-West showdown. The match will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, and it will be shown live on MSG Network.
San Jose Sharks vs. New Jersey Devils Odds
San Jose (+110) is currently the underdog to New Jersey (-130), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 money on the over and +105 on the under at Draftkings Iowa Sportsbook.
San Jose is 26-33 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 31 of its contests have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just two have pushed. As a road team this season, the Sharks are 12-17 SU.
San Jose has converted on just 16.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. Having said that, it has the best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off a whopping 85.9 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 25.2 saves per game with a .894 save percentage, Martin Jones (14-20-2) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose this year. If head coach Bob Boughner chooses to rest him, however, San Jose may turn to Aaron Dell (12-17-2 record, .909 save percentage, 2.89 goals against average).
On the other bench, New Jersey is 22-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just one has pushed. This year, the team’s 10-20 SU as the home team.
The Devils have converted on just 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all penalties.
MacKenzie Blackwood has stopped 27.7 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Devils. Blackwood has 19 wins, 22 losses, and seven OT losses to his credit and has maintained a .913 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this season.
San Jose Sharks at New Jersey Devils Betting Predictions
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over
Three of the Devils’ last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-2 in those games and 4-6 overall in shootouts this season.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five matches.
San Jose skaters notched 21.5 hits per game last season, while the Devils accounted for 23.5 hits per matchup.