The San Jose Sharks (14-32-4) travel to face off against the Anaheim Ducks (17-30-2) on Wednesday, January 31st. This game will be played at Honda Center in Anaheim and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 10:30 ET.
Sharks vs Ducks
The San Jose Sharks Are Coming Off A Win
San Jose comes into this game with a record of 14-32-4, which has them in 15th place in the Western Conference. On the road, the Sharks have gone just 5-19-2 this season. In their last ten games, they are 5-5, and they have gone 4-1 in their last five games.
So far this season, San Jose has been the underdog in all 50 of their games, and they have gone 14-32-4 in those games. In games against other teams in the Western Conference, they have gone 7-19.
San Jose enters the game with a puck line record of 22-28 this season, including a mark of 4-6 in their last ten road games. So far, the Sharks have lost 28 games by more than one goal.
Overall, San Jose’s average scoring margin is -1.8 goals per game, and they have been the underdog in all 50 of their games. In their last ten games, the Sharks have gone 7-3 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is -2.2 goals per game.
In their recent matchup, the Sharks hosted the Kraken and came away with a 2-0 victory. During the initial two periods, the Sharks had trouble scoring on offense, but they turned things around by notching two goals in the third period. In the game, San Jose managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 22 shots on goal and committed 5 turnovers.
San Jose was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. Combining for 2 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 5.5.
The Anaheim Ducks Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Ducks have gone just 7-17-1, and they have dropped four straight games as the favorite. In the Pacific Division, Anaheim is in seventh place with a record of 3-8.
Over their last ten games, the Ducks have gone just 4-6, and they are 17-30-2 overall. In the Western Conference, Anaheim is in 14th place, and they have gone 8-18 against other Western Conference teams.
On the season, the Ducks have an average scoring margin of -0.9 goals per game. So far, they have 20 losses by more than one goal and 12 losses by just one goal. Their puck line record for the year is 27-22, and they have gone 3-0 vs. the puck line in their last three games.
Overall, Anaheim has been the underdog in 44 games and has a puck line mark of 26-18 in those contests. As the favorite, the Ducks have gone just 1-4 vs. the puck line, and they have dropped their last four games as the favorite vs. the puck line. In their 44 games as the underdog, Anaheim has an average scoring margin of -0.9 goals per game.
Facing the Wild in their last game, the Ducks won by a score of 3-2. The Ducks scored one goal in the first period against the Wild and found the net two times in the 3rd period. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 25 shots on goal and had 3 turnovers.
Despite being the underdog, Anaheim managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Sharks come in averaging 2.1 goals per game this season, which is 32nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. San Jose’s offense is currently ranked 30th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the league.
The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 20-27-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 26 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
Ducks Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Ducks come in averaging 2.6 goals per game this season, which is 29th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 26th in the league. Anaheim’s offense comes into the game ranked 21st in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 12th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Ducks’ stands at 22-24-3. They have had 22 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
San Jose Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Sharks head into the game ranked 1st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 35.3 shots per game against San Jose. So far, they are 29th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Anaheim Team Defense
Entering the game, the Ducks’ defense ranks 27th in takeaways, averaging 6 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 6th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Sharks vs Ducks Trends
- Across their last three road contests, San Jose has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 1 goals per game.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Ducks offense has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Anaheim posted an overall record of 2-8 while going 5-5 ATS.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Ducks have a straight up record of 2-3 and an puck line mark of 3-2.
- The last five games that San Jose was favored, they have an puck line mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Sharks to come out with a win against the Ducks while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at +145, I’m placing my bet on the Sharks to win outright.
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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