San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/11/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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San Jose Sharks (29-35-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (31-30-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -145 / San Jose Sharks +131 --- Over/Under: 6
The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the United Center.
The San Jose Sharks look for a win after splitting their last six 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 25 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 222 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 86.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 86 goals on 941 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 118 goals on 1,139 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 22 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 31 goals, Dominik Kubalik has 16 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 204 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 106 goals on 1,258 shots faced. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 19 games.
The Sharks are 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog, 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Blackhawks are 19-40 in their last 59 vs. Pacific, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The under is 7-3 in Sharks last 10 overall. The over is 7-3 in Blackhawks last 10 home games. The home team is 23-10 in the last 33 meetings. The favorite is 39-13 in the last 52 meetings.
These are two teams that have been tough to figure out, as they show flashes one week and then fall on their face the next. The Chicago Blackhawks have a clear edge at home and have been the more profitable team to the point they'll be in the green if they can win this contest right here. However, the San Jose Sharks have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Blackhawks, and they've been slightly improved defensively over these last couple of weeks. Underdogs have been good to us this year. I'll take a shot in the dark with the Sharks.