San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (37-19-6) at San Jose Sharks (27-33-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks +136 / Pittsburgh Penguins -155 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Saturday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to snap a five-game losing streak after a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks last time out. Anaheim took the lead with the lone goal of the opening period before Jason Zucker tied the game at one just over a minute into the 2nd period. The Ducks re-took the lead just before the midway point of the 2ndperiod and added a 3rd goal with less than three minutes to go in the middle period. Zucker made things interesting, cutting the deficit to 3-2 with his 2nd goal of the game, but despite the Pens outshooting Anaheim 11-4 in the 3rd period, Pittsburgh wouldn’t find an equalizer as Anaheim held on for the win. Matt Murray took the loss, falling to 17-10-6 on the year after allowing 3 goals on 21 shots faced in the losing effort.
The San Jose Sharks will look to build on a 3-2 overtime win over New Jersey last time out. The Devils leaped out to a 2-0 1st period lead with a pair of goals 3:59 apart before Mario Ferraro pulled a goal back just over two minutes into the 2nd and Marcus Sorensen would tie the game at two with just over four minutes to go in the middle period. The 3rd period solved nothing, so it was off to OT where Logan Couture completed San Jose’s comeback just :38 into overtime. Martin Jones got the win to improve to 15-19-2 on the year after stopping 21 of 23 shots faced in the winning effort.
Pittsburgh is 0-5 in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 road games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. San Jose is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Pittsburgh is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 4-13 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in San Jose.
Realistically I’m not touching this game as Pittsburgh seems like the kind of team that can break their streak in this game but I’m also not laying that much juice with a team that’s lost 5 in a row. San Jose hasn’t been great in their own right, but the Sharks have had success in this matchup and maybe the win over New Jersey has some carryover. I’ll take a shot with San Jose as a home dog in this one.