Lightning vs Sharks Prediction NHL Picks 3/21/24

San Jose Sharks (16-45-7) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (37-25-6)

Game Info: Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +230 / Tampa Bay Lightning -294 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate a Lightning vs Sharks betting prediction for this NHL showdown on Thursday, March 21st at the SAP Center. We will take a look at: 

-The Tampa Bay Lightning's recent form and recent player performance

-The San Jose Sharks recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Lightning and Sharks.

Lightning Offense is On Fire

The Lightning’s offense is on fire and over the last four games they have scored 23 goals total. In the last game against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Lightning scored five goals and they ended winning by two goals. Nikita Kucherov had a strong game, putting up a goal and three assists. The Lightning are averaging 3.49 goals while their defense is giving up 3.53 goals per game. The offense is ranked 6th but the defense hasn’t been good enough. Kucherov has scored 41 goals and added 77 assists. 

Sharks Defense is an Issue

The Sharks defense is a big issue heading into this game and they are going to need to be better here. The Sharks scored two goals while the Nashville Predators gave up eight goals. Mario Ferraro scored a goal and added an assist. The Sharks are averaging 2.19 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.99 goals per game. The offense is ranked 31st, while the defense is ranked 32nd. Mikael Granlund has scored 10 goals and added 35 assists so far this season. 

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Fabian Zetterlund has recorded at least one assist in each of the Sharks' last four home games.
  • Mikael Granlund has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Thomas Bordeleau has recorded three blocks against the Lightning this season - most against any opponent.

Tampa Bay Lightning Player Prop Facts

  • Anthony Duclair has scored at least one goal in five of his last six appearances.
  • Nikita Kucherov has recorded at least one assist in each of the Lightning's last 11 games.
  • Steven Stamkos has recorded at least one point in each of the Lightning's last 10 Thursday games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Nikita Kucherov has scored the last goal in each of the Lightning's last three games.
  • Nikita Kucherov ranks 1st in the league for Points (118) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for goals against per game this season (3.99).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 31st in the league for goals per game this season (2.19).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning rank 1st in the league in power play percentage this season (28.85%).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning rank 6th in the league for goals per game this season (3.49).

Lightning vs Sharks Betting Prediction

The Lightning’s offense has been good heading into this game while the Sharks defense has been awful. The Sharks are giving up 3.99 goals, and they are going to really struggle to defend in this game. Look for the Sharks to fail to score more than a goal while the Lightning are going to score at least six goals here. This game is going to get out of control here. Back the Lightning -1.5 to cash. 

Shane’s Pick Lightning -1.5

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