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NHL: Maple Leafs vs. Sharks Prediction 1/6/2024

The Toronto Maple Leafs (19-10-7) travel to face off against the San Jose Sharks (9-27-3) on Saturday, January 6th. This game will be played at SAP Center in San Jose. The Maple Leafs are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sharks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jets. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks

The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Coming Off A Win

As they head into their game vs. the Sharks, the Maple Leafs have a 19-10-7 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 9-7-2, and they have a 10-3-5 mark on the road. They are currently positioned 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 6th in the Eastern conference. Toronto comes in with nine wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 11-25.

The Maple Leafs are coming off a 2-1 road win over the Ducks. In the first and second periods, the Maple Leafs couldn’t find the net on offense, but they managed to score one goal in the third period. Toronto’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 2 goals. Their offensive performance came with 57 shots on goal and 12 giveaways.

Despite the straight-up win, Toronto did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The game ended below the over/under line of 7, with a combined total of 3 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 10 game losing streak. Currently, their record is 9-27-3 which comprises of going 6-11-2 at home and 3-16-1 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 8th spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 16th in the Western conference. San Jose’s average scoring margin this season is -2.1 leading to an overall puck line record of 15-24. Their scoring margin at home is -1.8 and -2.4 on the road.

The Sharks are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss at home to the Jets. On the offensive front, the Sharks failed to score in the first or third periods against the Jets, but they found the net one time in the second period. San Jose’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 28 shots on goal in total.

Despite the loss, San Jose did cover the puck line, as they went into the game as the underdog. With a combined total of 3 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.

Toronto Offense BreakdownMaple Leafs

On offense, the Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game which is 10th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. The Toronto offense is ranked 13th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 14th in the NHL.

So far, the Maple Leafs have an over/under record of 19-16-1. Coming into the game, they have played 20 games that went beyond the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.9 goals per game.

San Jose Offense Breakdown

Offensively, the Sharks come into the game at 2 goals per contest placing 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 32nd position in the league. The Sharks went 1-1 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 8-25.

The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 15-21-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 20 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.

Toronto Team Defense

The Maple Leafs defense is currently 18th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.6 shots per game against Toronto. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 6th with 3 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 3.8 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL.

Maple Leafs vs Sharks Trends

  • Across their ten previous road games, Toronto has an puck line mark of 3-7. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 3 goals per game.
  • Across the Sharks last five home games, the team averaged 1 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-4, while going 0-5 straight-up.
  • In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Sharks have a straight up record of 0-5 and an puck line mark of 1-4.
  • Going back to their previous five games as the favorite, Toronto has an puck line mark of 1-4 while going 2-3 straight up.

Maple Leafs vs Sharks Prediction

San Jose SharksIf you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Sharks to take down the Maple Leafs at home. With the moneyline currently at +227, I’m placing 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.

With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.

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