Senators vs Sharks Prediction - NHL Picks 3/9/24

San Jose Sharks (15-40-7) vs Ottawa Senators (25-32-4)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +160 / Ottawa Senators -200 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks face off on Saturday in an NHL showdown at the SAP Center. The Senators are suddenly struggling, while the Sharks defense has been a problem. Let’s take a look at who will come out on top. 

Senators Suddenly Struggling

The Senators are suddenly struggling heading into this game and that includes an overtime loss in the last game. The Senators scored three goals, but they ended up losing in overtime. The Senators are averaging 3.23 goals while their defense is giving up 3.58 goals per game. The offense is ranked 13th while the defense is ranked 30th. Tim Stutzle has scored 14 goals and added 43 assists. The Senators are going to need to get the job done here. The Senators will meet the Penguins after this one.

Sharks Defense is a Problem

The Sharks defense is an issue, and they are really struggled in the last game. The Sharks scored two goals against the New York Islanders while the defense gave up seven goals and that led to the defeat. The Sharks are averaging 2.19 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.94 goals per game. The offense is ranked 31st while the defense is ranked 32nd. Mikael Granlund has been the top player for the sharks this season, scoring nine goals and adding 29 assists so far this season. The Sharks will face the Flyers after this game.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Tomas Hertl has scored a goal in four of his last five home appearances against the Senators.
  • Mike Hoffman has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 home appearances against former teams.
  • Ty Emberson has recorded an assist in each of the Sharks' last three home games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Mario Ferraro recorded an equal-career-high three points in his last game against the Senators.

Ottawa Senators Player Prop Facts

  • Drake Batherson has scored a goal in three of the Senators' last four games as favorites.
  • Brady Tkachuk has recorded an assist in four of the Senators' last five games against the Sharks.
  • Brady Tkachuk has recorded at least one point in each of the Senators' last five games against the Sharks.
  • Ridly Greig ranks 2nd amongst rookies for Plus/Minus (+16) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals against per game this season (3.94).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 31st in the league for goals per game this season (2.19).
  • The Ottawa Senators rank 30th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.57).
  • The Ottawa Senators rank 30th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (74.18%).

Senators vs Sharks Betting Prediction

The Senators are giving up 3.58 goals per game, and they are going to really struggle again in this game. The Sharks offense hasn’t been exactly elite, but they have shown some signs of life the last couple of weeks. The Senators aren’t going to be keeping up and the Sharks are going to get the job done. Look for the Sharks to score at least four goals. Back the Sharks on the money line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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