The Detroit Red Wings (17-16-4) travel to face off against the San Jose Sharks (9-25-3) on Tuesday, January 2nd. This game will be played at SAP Center in San Jose. Both the Red Wings and Sharks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 ET.
Detroit Red Wings vs San Jose Sharks
The Detroit Red Wings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As they head into their game vs. the Sharks, the Red Wings have a 17-16-4 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 10-7-3, and they have 7-9-1 mark on the road. At the moment, they hold the 5th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 12th in the Eastern conference. This season, Detroit’s average scoring margin is +.1, which has their puck line record at 20-17. Their average home scoring margin is +.4, and in road games, it stands at -0.2.
After suffering a 5-3 loss at home to the Bruins, the Red Wings are looking to bounce back today. On offense, the Red Wings were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net two times in the second period and ended with one goal in the third. Detroit’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 3 goals. Their offensive performance came with 30 shots on goal and 10 giveaways.
Coming in as the underdog, Detroit not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 8 goals.
The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
San Jose will be looking to snap their current three game home losing streak in today’s game vs. the Red Wings. Overall, they are sitting at 9-25-3 this season. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 16th. San Jose has two wins by more than one goals and dropped 23 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 14-23 this season.
After suffering a 3-1 loss on the road to the Avalanche, the Sharks are looking to bounce back today. In terms of offense, the Sharks faced a dry spell in the first and third periods against the Avalanche, but they managed to score one time in the second period. Their one goal came during a power play situation. In total, they took 11 shots on goal and had 0 giveaways.
As the underdog, San Jose suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 4 goals.
Detroit Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Red Wings are averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 3rd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 17th in the league. Detroit’s offense comes into the game ranked 6th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 11th in the NHL.
This season, the over/under record for the Red Wings’ is 23-14-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 23 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 7 goals per game.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Sharks are averaging 2 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 32nd in the league. Coming into the game, the Sharks have 1-1 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 8-23.
This season, the Sharks’ have an over/under record of 14-20-3. Throughout the season, they have played 23 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Detroit Team Defense
Defensively, the Red Wings are currently 6th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.8 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 14th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
San Jose Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Sharks’ defense is 22nd in takeaways at 5.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.9 goals per game which is 1st in the NHL.
Red Wings vs Sharks Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Detroit has an puck line record of 3-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- Although San Jose has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 0-3. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Sharks have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 0-3.
- The last five games that Detroit was favored, they have an puck line mark of 0-5 while going 2-3 straight up.
To those searching for a pure moneyline wager, the Red Wings is the clear pick. Still, with a payout of -182, it’s worth thinking about including this bet in a parlay.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Sharks to cover. Even if the Red Wings win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Sharks should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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