The San Jose Sharks (6-17-2) travel to face off against the New York Islanders (10-7-6) on Tuesday, December 5th. This game will be played at UBS Arena in Elmont and televised on NBCS. The Islanders are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sharks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Rangers. Puck drop is set for 7:30 ET.
San Jose Sharks vs New York Islanders
The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Sharks have put together an overall record of 6-17-2. When playing on the road, San Jose has gone 1-11-0, while their home record stands at 5-6-2. Their current record places them 8th in the Western Pacific division and 16th in the Western conference. Looking at San Jose’s average scoring margin, it is -2.2, which has led to a puck line record of 9-16. When playing at home, their scoring margin is -1.6, and on the road, it is -2.8.
The Sharks aim to bounce back following their 6-5 loss on the road to the Rangers. The Sharks’ offense scored in each period against the Rangers. Out of San Jose’s five goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 28 shots on goal and had six giveaways.
Despite the defeat, San Jose managed to cover the puck line, going into the game as the underdogs. The combined total of 11 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
The New York Islanders Are Coming Off A Win
Through 23 games, the Islanders have achieved an overall record of 10-7-6. When on the road, New York holds a 6-4-2 record, while they are 4-3-4 when playing at home. Their current record places them 5th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 10th in the Eastern conference. New York has three wins by more than one goals and dropped six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 11-12 this season.
In their last game, the Islanders went up against the Panthers and emerged as winners with a score of 4-3. In every single period, the Islanders’ offense scored a goal against the Panthers. Of New York’s four goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 27 shots on goal and had four giveaways.
Entering the game as the underdog, New York came away with a victory against the puck line. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Sharks come in averaging 1.9 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. So far this year, the Sharks are 0-0 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-17 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Sharks’ over/under record this season is 8-15-2. For the season, they have had 14 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
New York Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 27th in the league. New York’s offense is currently ranked 22nd in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 9th in the league.
The Islanders come in with an over/under record of 12-10-1. Over the season, there have been 12 games that have surpassed the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6 goals per game.
San Jose Team Defense
The Sharks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 14th in takeaways and an average of 6.4 takeaways per contest. They hold 1st place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.9 goals given up per game.
New York Team Defense
Defensively, the Islanders are currently 4th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 35.7 shots per game against New York. They also are 2nd in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.
Sharks vs Islanders Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, San Jose has an puck line record of 2-3 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- In their last five home games, New York has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 4-1 while going 5-0 vs. the spread.
- The Islanders have played well in their last three games as the betting underdog, going 2-1 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Sharks have a straight up record of 1-4 and an puck line mark of 1-4.
For a moneyline bet, we have the Islanders as the likely winner. However, with the current odds at -274, I’d suggest considering a puck line bet, as our predictions have the Islanders winning by more than one goal.
When making a puck line pick, we’re backing the Islanders to win and cover. Watch for the Islanders to win this game by multiple goals over the Sharks.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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