Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks - 2/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks - 2/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by © Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (22-21-4) vs Vancouver Canucks (22-21-6)

Game Info: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +130 / Vancouver Canucks +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks in Thursday NHL Action. 

The Vancouver Canucks come into this road contest with an overall record of 22-21-6. Through 49 games, the Canucks are 6th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 126 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vancouver is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.69 goals per game. So far, the Canucks have a strength of schedule rating of 10th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 20th ranked team in the NHL.

The San Jose Sharks get set to host the Vancouver Canucks with an overall record of 22-21-4. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 47 games, the Sharks have scored 126 goals, giving them an average of 2.66. This output gives them a rank of 25th among NHL teams. On defense, San Jose is the 21st ranked unit, giving up 3.06 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have played the 16th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account San Jose's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 47 games, the Vancouver Canucks goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 17 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.9%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 32 assists to go along with his 2 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.53 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 47 games, San Jose's leading goal scorer is Tomas Hertl. With his 22 goals and 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 38. On the season, he is turning 16.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Sharks have benefited from the strong play of Timo Meier, who is the team's overall leader in points. In San Jose's 47 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.82 goals per game. In his 27 games played, he has turned in 16 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Canucks have an over-under record of 19-28-2. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 14-12-1. On the season, 43.0% of Vancouver's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Canucks. Coming into this game, the Sharks have an over-under record of 18-29-0. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 10-13-0. On the season, 38.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. Look for this to be a low-scoring game, finishing below the line of 5.5 goals.

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