The San Jose Sharks (9-17-3) travel to face off against the Arizona Coyotes (13-13-2) on Friday, December 15th. This game will be played at Mullett Arena in Tempe. The Sharks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Coyotes are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Penguins. Puck drop is set for 9:00 ET.
San Jose Sharks vs Arizona Coyotes
The San Jose Sharks Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Sharks currently hold an overall record of 9-17-3. When playing on the road, San Jose has a 3-11-1 record, while they are 6-6-2 at home. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 7th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 14th. This season, San Jose has managed to win two games by a margin of more than one goal while losing 16 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 13-16.
The Sharks recently hosted the Jets and emerged victorious with a 2-1 win. After scoring one goal in the first period, the Sharks found the net one time in the 3rd period against the Jets. San Jose’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 2 goals. Their offensive performance came with 32 shots on goal and eight giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, San Jose managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. Combining for 3 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
The Arizona Coyotes Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Coyotes have a mark of 13-13-2. When going on the road, Arizona has a record of 5-8-2 record, while they are 8-5-0 at their home arena. This record has them sitting 6th in the Western Central division and 9th in the Western conference. Arizona’s average scoring difference this season sits at +.1, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 14-14. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of +.9, and on the road, it is -0.5.
Coming off a 4-2 loss on the road to the Penguins, the Coyotes are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Coyotes got off to a good start by scoring two times in the first period, but that was the extent of their scoring for the game. The team’s two goals were the result of a power play. Throughout the game, they managed to register 21 shots on goal and committed 8 giveaways.
Entering the game as the underdog, Arizona not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. The game ended with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under line.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Sharks are averaging 2.2 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 31st in the league. San Jose’s offense comes into the game ranked 24th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 24th in the NHL.
This season, the Sharks’ have an over/under record of 11-16-2. Throughout the season, they have played 15 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Arizona Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Coyotes come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 17th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 30th position in the league. The Coyotes went 5-2 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 8-9.
This season, the over/under record for the Coyotes’ is 16-11-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 15 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
San Jose Team Defense
The Sharks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 19th in takeaways and an average of 6.3 takeaways per contest. They hold 2nd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.8 goals given up per game.
Arizona Team Defense
Arizona defense takes on the Sharks ranked 10th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.1 shots per game against Arizona. They alsso are 16th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Sharks vs Coyotes Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, San Jose has an puck line record of 5-0 while averaging 5 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- Across their five previous home games, Arizona has an puck line mark of 1-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-4 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Arizona has an puck line mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Sharks have gone 3-7 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Sharks to defeat the Coyotes while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +165, I’m placing a wager on the Sharks to win outright.
Our projections have the Sharks pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Sharks, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down 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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