San Jose Sharks vs. New Jersey Devils - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Jersey Devils (25-27-10) at San Jose Sharks (26-33-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -146 / New Jersey Devils +132 --- Over/Under: 6
The New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks meet Thursday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The New Jersey Devils look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 23 goals, Nikita Gusev has 28 assists and P.K. Subban has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 47 goals on 399 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 111 goals on 1,315 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed one or less goals in five of their last 10 games.
The San Jose Sharks need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 21 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 204 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 84 goals on 903 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 107 goals on 1,008 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 16 games.
The Devils are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 24-51 in their last 75 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Sharks are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Devils last 4 overall. The under is 5-2 in Sharks last 7 overall. The Devils are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose and 4-10 in the last 14 meetings. The favorite is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils used to be automatic fade material on the road, and they have lost six of the last nine meetings against the Sharks. However, the Devils are simply playing the better hockey overall heading into this matchup, and the San Jose Sharks aren't a team I love laying juice with given the shakiness on the defensive end. The New Jersey Devils are the team in much better form and you can make a lot of money in this sport just by riding the hot hand and not being afraid to take underdogs. Give me the Devils and the more favorable price.