The SAP Center will be hosting an enticing tilt as the Vancouver Canucks take on the San Jose Sharks. The game gets started at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 29, and fans at home can see this Pacific Division matchup live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks Odds
Both squads have an identical -110 money line and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -105 money on the over and -115 for the under at PointsBet Sports Book.
Vancouver is 28-22 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 24 of its contests have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just three have pushed. This 2019-20 Canucks team is 11-14 SU on the road.
Vancouver has converted on 22.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for eighth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th out of 31 teams, and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of its penalties.
Vancouver, as a collective unit, has been penalized 3.8 times per game overall during the 2019-20 season, 4.0 per game over its last five games total, and 4.2 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays 10.0 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .916 save percentage, Jacob Markstrom (18-16-3) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver this season. If Vancouver chooses to rest him, however, they could roll with Thatcher Demko (10-7-1 record, .909 save percentage, 2.93 goals against average).
Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller will both lead the way for the visiting Canucks. Pettersson has 52 points on 21 goals and 31 assists, and has recorded two or more points 14 times. Miller has 19 goals and 29 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 31 games).
On the other side of the ice, San Jose is 22-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 27 of its outings have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 14-12 SU as the home team this season.
San Jose has converted on just 16.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it’s successfully killed off 87.3 percent of all penalties.
The Sharks have been penalized 4.1 times per game this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays a whopping 14.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Martin Jones has stopped 24.9 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for San Jose. Jones has 13 wins, 19 losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has registered a subpar .891 save percentage and 3.22 goals against average this season.
The Sharks will be led on offense by Erik Karlsson (five goals, 32 assists).
Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under
San Jose is 2-1 in games decided by shootout. Vancouver is 3-1 in shootouts.
The total has gone under in each of Vancouver’s last five outings.
Over Vancouver’s last ten games, nine of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-3 in those games).
The Sharks this season have tallied the 12th-most hits per game in the NHL (22.4).