Sharks vs Blackhawks Prediction - NHL Picks 1/16/24

Chicago Blackhawks (12-29-2) vs San Jose Sharks (10-31-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks -122 / San Jose Sharks +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Jose Sharks will play the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. San Jose has lost 14 of their last 15 games, while Chicago is on a three game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Sharks vs Blackhawks prediction.

Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks are 10-31-3 this year after they lost to Buffalo by a score of 3-0 in their last game. San Jose allowed two goals in the second period and one goal in the third for the shutout loss. The Sharks were out shot by a total of 35-28 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. San Jose lost to Ottawa by a score of 5-4 in the game prior to Buffalo, but they did beat Montreal by a score of 3-2 before that. The Sharks are scoring 2.05 goals per game and they are allowing 4.07 goals against per game, while going 18.5% on the power play and 71.6% on the penalty kill. Tomas Hertl has led San Jose with 13 goals, 17 assists, and 103 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is 5-17-2 this year with a 3.84 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. 

Blackhawks Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks are 12-29-2 this season after they lost to Dallas by a score of 3-1 in their last game. Chicago led 1-0 in the third period, but allowed the last three goals for the loss. The Blackhawks out shot Dallas by a total of 35-30 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Chicago lost to Winnipeg by a score of 2-1 and Edmonton by a score of 2-1 in the first two games of this losing streak. The Blackhawks are scoring 2.26 goals per game and they are allowing 3.65 goals against per game, while going 12.8% on the power play and 75.4% on the penalty kill. Philipp Kurashev has eight goals, 15 assists, and 63 shots on goal for the Blackhawks this year. The projected starting goalie for Chicago is Petr Mrazek, who is 10-16-1 this year with a 3.13 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. 

Chicago Blackhawks Team Facts

  • The Blackhawks have lost each of their last six night games against Western Conference opponents.
  • The Blackhawks have covered the puck line in nine of their last 10 games at United Center following a loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Blackhawks' last five games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Blackhawks have lost the third period in seven of their last eight night games following a loss.

San Jose Sharks Team Facts

  • The Sharks have lost 22 of their last 23 games as underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Sharks have failed to cover the puck line in six of their last seven games as underdogs following a road loss.
  • The Sharks have lost the third period in seven of their last eight games as underdogs.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in 21 of the Sharks' last 24 games against opponents on a losing streak.

Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Connor Bedard has recorded at least one point in each of his last five appearances in home games.
  • Connor Bedard has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances in home games.
  • Seth Jones ranks 2nd in the Western Conference for average time on ice (25:22) this season.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances against the Blackhawks.
  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one assist in eight of his last nine appearances against the Blackhawks after playing less than 20 minutes in the Sharks' last game.
  • Tomas Hertl has the most multi-goal games for the Sharks this season (3).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 29th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.65).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 27th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (75.36%).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (71.33%).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for shots per game this season (25.4).

Sharks vs Blackhawks Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game really struggling this season, but San Jose is on the road and has been historically bad. The Sharks were shutout by Buffalo on Monday, so they will be on a back to back here. Chicago has had a couple of days off and they are 8-11-1 at home, but Bedard is still out with an injury. The Blackhawks have been pretty competitive in their last four games and I like them to get the win here. San Jose has lost 14 of their last 15 games and they are only 4-19-1 on the road. Take Chicago in this matchup. 

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