The Montreal Canadiens (8-9-2) travel to face off against the San Jose Sharks (3-15-1) on Friday, November 24th. This game will be played at SAP Center in San Jose and televised on NBCS. The Canadiens are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sharks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kraken. Puck drop is set for 3:30 ET.
Montreal Canadiens vs San Jose Sharks
The Montreal Canadiens Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Canadiens have a mark of 8-9-2. When going on the road, Montreal has a record of 3-3-2 record, while they are 5-6-0 at their home arena. They are currently positioned 7th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 13th in the Eastern conference. This season, Montreal’s average scoring margin is -0.7, which has their puck line record at 1-18. Their average home scoring margin is -0.7, and in road games, it stands at -0.6.
Facing the Ducks in their last game, the Canadiens won by a score of 4-3. Facing off against the Ducks’ defense, the Canadiens offense scored in all three periods. In the game, Montreal managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 28 shots on goal and committed 7 turnovers.
Going into the game, Montreal was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Sharks have put together an overall record of 3-15-1. When playing on the road, San Jose has gone 0-9-0, while their home record stands at 3-6-1. This record has them sitting 8th in the Western Pacific division and 16th in the Western conference. San Jose’s average scoring margin for the season is -2.9, resulting in an overall puck line record of 1-18. When playing at home their scoring margin is -2.2, whereas in away games, they are at -3.7.
After suffering a 7-1 loss on the road to the Kraken, 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. Against Seattle, San Jose’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 14 shots on goal overall.
Coming in as the underdog, San Jose not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 8 goals.
Montreal Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Canadiens come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 21st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 17th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Canadiens offense is 12th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 13th in the NHL.
This season, the over/under record for the Canadiens’ is 11-8-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 11 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.6 goals per game.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Sharks are averaging 1.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 32nd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 31st in the league. In terms of the Sharks’ offense during power plays, they are 24th in power play goals and 31st in shorthanded goals.
The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 5-12-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 14 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.8 per game.
Montreal Team Defense
Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 27th in takeaways, averaging 4.8 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 2nd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.
San Jose Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Sharks’ defense is 22nd in takeaways at 5.4 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 4.2 goals per game which is 1st in the NHL.
Canadiens vs Sharks Trends
- Although Montreal has a straight up record of 3-7 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 6-4. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Sharks offense has averaged 0 goals per game while allowing an average of 4. San Jose posted an overall record of 0-10 while going 0-10 ATS.
- The last three games that San Jose was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Canadiens have a straight up record of 6-4. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 3-7.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Canadiens to come out with a win against the Sharks while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at -142, I’m placing my bet on the Canadiens to win outright.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Sharks to cover. Even if the Canadiens win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Sharks should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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