Sharks vs Blackhawks Prediction NHL Picks 3/17/24

Chicago Blackhawks (18-44-5) vs San Jose Sharks (16-43-7)

Game Info: Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 6:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks -155 / San Jose Sharks +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks betting prediction for this NHL game on Sunday, March 17th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

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

Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks are 16-43-7 this season after they lost to Columbus by a score of 4-2 in their last game. San Jose cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third period, but allowed an empty net goal with a minute left in the loss. The Sharks out shot Columbus by a total of 41-20 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. San Jose has lost three games in a row and 12 of their last 13. The Sharks are scoring 2.20 goals per game and they are allowing 3.91 goals against per game, while going 21% on the power play and 73.8% on the penalty kill. Mikael Granlund has led San Jose with nine goals, 34 assists, and 105 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Devin Cooley, who is making his first appearance for the Sharks. 

Blackhawks Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks are 18-44-5 this year after they lost to the Kings by a score of 5-0 in their last game. Chicago allowed four goals in the first period and was never in the game. The Blackhawks were out shot by a total of 37-28 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Chicago defeated Anaheim by a score of 7-2 and Arizona by a score of 7-4 in the two games prior to LA. The Blackhawks are scoring 2.15 goals per game and they are allowing 3.57 goals against per game, while going 16.1% on the power play and 77.7% on the penalty kill. Connor Bedard has led Chicago with 20 goals, 31 assists, and 163 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Chicago is Petr Mrazek, who is 14-25-4 this year with a 3.05 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. 

Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Tyler Johnson has recorded a point in each of his last four appearances with the Blackhawks as favorites against Western Conference opponents.
  • Connor Bedard has recorded at least one assist in each of his last six Sunday appearances.
  • Tyler Johnson has scored a goal in three of the Blackhawks' last four games.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Filip Zadina has scored a goal in three of the Sharks' last four games against Central Division opponents.
  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against the Blackhawks.
  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one assist in each of his last six appearances against the Blackhawks after playing less than 20 minutes in the Sharks' last game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 32nd in the league for goals per game this season (2.15).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 30th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.57).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals against per game this season (3.91).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 31st in the league for goals per game this season (2.20).

Sharks vs Blackhawks Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game with similar point totals, but Chicago has been the better team recently. The Blackhawks have won three of their last five games, while San Jose has lost 12 of their last 13. The Sharks are only 6-24-4 on the road, while Chicago is 13-18-4 at home. These two teams struggle on both ends of the ice, but Chicago has gone over 5.5 goals in three of their last five, while San Jose has gone over 5.5 in five of their last seven. Both defenses give up a ton of opportunities and I think we could see some goals here. Take the over in this game. 

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

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