San Jose Sharks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 2/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (31-15-5) at San Jose Sharks (22-26-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 26.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 22 goals, Brayden Point has 26 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 94 goals on 1,143 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 40 goals on 408 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in 13 straight games.
The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 19 goals, Erik Karlsson has 32 assists and Brent Burns has 155 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 87.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 59 goals on 651 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 102 goals on 919 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 91-43 in their last 134 overall. The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog and 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 5-2-1 in Lightning last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Sharks last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in San Jose and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings in San Jose and 17-6-3 in the last 26 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been money making machines during this stretch and now play a Sharks team they've beaten in five of the last six meetings. In the last two games against the Sharks, the Lightning have won by a combined score of 13-4. The San Jose Sharks are back in one of their slumps where they can't keep the puck out of the back of the net and the offense isn't consistent enough to make up for the mistakes. You have to ride the hot hand and side with the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road.