The Arizona Coyotes (16-13-2) travel to face off against the San Jose Sharks (9-20-3) on Thursday, December 21st. This game will be played at SAP Center in San Jose. The Coyotes are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sharks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kings. Puck drop is set for 10:30 ET.
Arizona Coyotes vs San Jose Sharks
The Arizona Coyotes Are Coming Off A Win
In their 31 games, the Coyotes have a 16-13-2 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 11-5-0 record, and their record on the road is 5-8-2. In the Western Central division, they are currently 5th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 8th. Looking at Arizona’s average scoring margin, it is +.3, which has led to a puck line record of 16-15. When playing at home, their scoring margin is +1.0, and on the road, it is -0.5.
The Coyotes recently hosted the Senators and emerged victorious with a 4-3 win. On offense, the Coyotes were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net one time in the second period and ended with three goals in the third. In the game, Arizona managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 38 shots on goal and committed 5 turnovers.
Arizona was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In today’s game, the Sharks will be looking to break out of a three game losing streak. Currently, their record is 9-20-3 which comprises of going 6-7-2 at home and 3-13-1 on the road. They are currently positioned 8th in the Western Pacific division and 16th in the Western conference. San Jose comes in with two wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost 18 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 14-18.
After suffering a 4-1 loss at home to the Kings, the Sharks are looking to bounce back today. In the first and second periods, the Sharks didn’t score a goal, but they managed to break the drought with one goal in the third period. During power plays, the team scored one goal. In total, they recorded 16 shots on goal and had 11 giveaways.
San Jose entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 5 goals.
Arizona Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Coyotes are scoring an 3.1 goals per game this season, ranking 19th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 30th in the league. Arizona’s offense is currently ranked 11th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 26th in the league.
The Coyotes’ over/under record this season is 17-13-1. For the season, they have had 16 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging6 goals per game.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
The Sharks come into the game scoring an average of 2.1 goals per game, putting them 32nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 31st in the league. The San Jose offense is ranked 22nd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 24th in the NHL.
The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 12-18-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.
Arizona Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Coyotes head into the game ranked 13th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.3 shots per game against Arizona. So far, they are 3rd in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.
San Jose Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Sharks’ defense is 21st in takeaways at 6.1 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.8 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL.
Coyotes vs Sharks Trends
- Through their last five road games, Arizona has an puck line record of just 1-4. However, their overall record was 1-4 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- San Jose has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 4-1.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Sharks have a straight up record of 4-6. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 7-3.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Coyotes have an overall record of 4-1 while going 2-3 against the spread.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Sharks to secure a victory over the Coyotes at home. With the moneyline currently set at +133, I’m locking in my bet on the Sharks straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Sharks winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Sharks straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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