The San Jose Sharks, spearheaded by Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane, are set to take the ice against Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, and the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place for a Western Conference showdown. The Sports Network will air the matchup, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 14.
San Jose Sharks vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds
Winnipeg comes into the contest as the heavy favorite with a -140 moneyline. The line for the Sharks sits at +120 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 for the over and +105 for the under at PointsBet Indiana Sportsbook.
Winnipeg is 29-29 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.0 units this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 47-35 record that the team posted during the 2018-19 season campaign. Out of its 58 regular season matches, 29 of them have gone under the total, while 27 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 14-16 SU at home this year.
The Jets have converted on 19.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.8 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 28.4 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (25-22-5) has been the principal goalkeeper for Winnipeg this year. If Winnipeg chooses to give him the night off, however, head coach Paul Maurice may turn to Laurent Brossoit (6-11-11 record, .888 save percentage, 3.48 goals against average).
Over on the visiting bench, San Jose is 24-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the road team, the Sharks are 10-17 SU so far.
The Sharks have converted on just 16.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully killed off 85.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Martin Jones (.889 save percentage and 3.25 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose. Jones is averaging 24.8 saves per game and owns a 13-20-2 record.
San Jose Sharks at Winnipeg Jets Free Picks
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under
The Jets are 3-1 in games that go to shootout. The Sharks are 2-1 in shootouts.
The total has gone over in three of San Jose’s last five games.
San Jose has managed 26.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg is averaging 36.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
Over San Jose’s last ten games, nine of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-6 in those games).
This game features two of the tougher defenses in the league. San Jose skaters have dished out the league’s 11th-most hits per game (22.5) and the Jets have handed the 11th-most (22.7).