Sharks vs Penguins Prediction NHL Picks 3/14/24

Pittsburgh Penguins (28-27-9) vs San Jose Sharks (16-41-7)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -280 / San Jose Sharks +230 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins betting prediction for this NHL game on Thursday, March 14th at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Sharks recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Penguins recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving San Jose
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Pittsburgh
  • Recent betting trends in games played between San Jose and Pittsburgh
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between San Jose and Pittsburgh

Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks are 16-41-7 this season after they lost to the Flyers by a score of 3-2 in their last game. San Jose tied the game at two in the second period, but allowed the only goal in the third for the loss. The Sharks were out shot by a total of 41-29 and went 2-5 on the power play in the game. San Jose defeated Ottawa by a score of 2-1 in the game prior to Philadelphia, but did lose the previous nine games. The Sharks are scoring 2.19 goals per game and they are allowing 3.88 goals against per game, while going 21.3% on the power play and 73.6% on the penalty kill. Mikael Granlund has led San Jose with nine goals, 31 assists, and 100 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Devin Cooley, who is making his first appearance with the Sharks this season. 

Penguins Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 28-27-9 this year after they lost to Ottawa in overtime by a score of 2-1 in their last game. Pittsburgh tied the game at one with about 20 seconds left in regulation, but picked up the loss in overtime. The Penguins were out shot by a total of 39-35 and went 0-1 on the power play in the game. Pittsburgh has lost seven of their last eight games, with the lone win coming against Columbus at home. The Penguins are scoring 2.80 goals per game and they are allowing 2.88 goals against per game, while going 14.6% on the power play and 82.5% on the penalty kill. Sidney Crosby has led Pittsburgh with 32 goals, 32 assists, and 228 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry, who is 18-21-5 this year with a 2.69 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. 

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Sidney Crosby has scored at least one goal in four of the Penguins' last five games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Erik Karlsson has recorded at least one assist in each of his last 11 appearances with his team as a favorite against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Erik Karlsson has recorded at least one point in each of his last 11 appearances with his team as a favorite against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Reilly Smith has scored two goals against the Sharks this season - equal-most against any opponent.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Alexander Barabanov has recorded an assist in four of his last five appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 appearances at PPG Paints Arena.
  • Logan Couture has scored at least one goal in four of the Sharks' last five games at PPG Paints Arena.
  • Jacob MacDonald has recorded two points against the Penguins this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.55%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 6th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (82.47%).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals against per game this season (3.88).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 31st in the league for goals per game this season (2.19).

Sharks vs Penguins Betting Prediction

Pittsburgh comes into this game really struggling, as they have lost seven of their last eight games, but they will be at home against one of the worst teams in the NHL. The Pens are 16-12-4 at home, while San Jose is 6-22-4 on the road. The Sharks have lost 10 of their last 11 games and they are only scoring 2.19 goals per game this year. The Penguins have scored a total of two goals in their last four games, so I think we are going to see a lower scoring game here. Take the under. 

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

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