Islanders vs Sharks Prediction - NHL Picks 3/18/23

San Jose Sharks (19-36-14) vs New York Islanders (35-27-8)

Game Info: Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +145 / New York Islanders -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders will play the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

Islanders Preview

The New York Islanders are 35-27-8 this season after they defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 6-3 in their last game. New York out shot Anaheim by a total of 33-23 and won 54.3% of the face-offs in the game. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.91 goals per game, 2.71 goals against per game, 16.4% on the power play, and 81.9% on the penalty kill. Brock Nelson has led the Islanders with 30 goals, 35 assists, and 199 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for New York is Ilya Sorokin, who is 24-19-6 this season with a 2.40 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. 

Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks are 19-36-14 this season after they lost to the Seattle Kraken in overtime by a score of 2-1 in their last game. San Jose recorded 32 shots on goal and went 0-2 on the power play in the loss. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.87 goals per game, 3.75 goals against per game, 18.2% on the power play, and 82.9% on the penalty kill. Erik Karlsson has led the Sharks with 20 goals, 65 assists, and 182 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Kaapo Kahkonen, who is 8-16-6 this season with a 3.88 goals against average and a .879 save percentage. 

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New York is 3-9 in their last 12 games played on two days of rest. The over is 4-0 in New York’s last 4 games and the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 road games. San Jose is 13-38 in their last 51 games and 12-40 in their last 52 Saturday games. The over is 23-8-2 in San Jose’s last 33 home games. The home team is 7-1 in these two teams last 8 head to head meetings.


San Jose comes into this game on a five game losing streak and they have lost 10 of their last 11 games. New York has lost two of their last three games, but they are coming off of a nice win against Anaheim. New York is fighting for a wild card spot in the East and they have played very good defense for most of this year. I think the Islanders will continue their strong play here and I like them to win by at least two goals. 

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David’s Pick Islanders -1.5

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