Blackhawks vs Sharks Prediction NHL Picks 3/23/24

San Jose Sharks (16-46-7) vs Chicago Blackhawks (19-46-5)

Game Info: Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks -125 / Chicago Blackhawks +101 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in NHL action at the SAP Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Blackhawks vs Sharks prediction.

Chicago Blackhawks Betting Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks recently lost to the Kings and Ducks, while beating the Sharks. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.16 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor Bedard leads Chicago with 21 goals, Philipp Kurashev has 30 assists and Seth Jones has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.59 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 141 goals on 1,476 shots faced, and Arvid Soderblom has allowed 97 goals on 776 shots.

San Jose Sharks Betting Preview

The San Jose Sharks recently lost to the Blackhawks, Predators, and Lightning. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.17 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Fabian Zetterlund leads San Jose with 18 goals, Mikael Granlund has 35 assists and William Eklund has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.99 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Magnus Chrona has allowed 37 goals on 262 shots faced, while Mackenzie Blackwood has given up 114 goals on 1,112 shots.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Mikael Granlund has scored a goal in three of the Sharks' last four games against Western Conference opponents.
  • 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.
  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against the Blackhawks.
  • Ryan Carpenter has scored two goals against the Blackhawks this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Ryan Donato has scored a goal in three of the Blackhawks' last four games as favorites.
  • Seth Jones has recorded an assist in each of the Blackhawks' last three games at SAP Center at San Jose.
  • Ryan Donato has recorded a point in each of the Blackhawks' last four games as favorites.
  • Seth Jones ranks 1st in the Central Division for average time on ice (25:34) 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 (2.17).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 32nd in the league for goals per game this season (2.16).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank T28th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.59).

Blackhawks vs Sharks prediction

I'm not running to the window to back either the Blackhawks or Sharks, as we're talking about two of the worst teams in the NHL. With that said, somebody has to win. I give the edge to the Sharks because of home ice. The Blackhawks are 5-28-1 on the road this season. The Sharks have seen 10 of their 16 wins come at home this season. The Blackhawks are probably the more talented team, but still. It's the Sharks or pass for me only because of the home ice. 

Randy’s Pick San Jose Sharks -125

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