The San Jose Sharks (7-17-2) travel to face off against the Detroit Red Wings (14-7-3) on Thursday, December 7th. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
San Jose Sharks vs Detroit Red Wings
The San Jose Sharks Are Coming Off A Win
As they head into their game vs. the Red Wings, the Sharks have a 7-17-2 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 5-6-2, and they have 2-11-0 mark on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 15th. 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 10-16.
The Sharks recently played against the Islanders and secured a win with a score of 5-4. The Sharks managed to find the net three times in the 3rd period against the Islanders, following their one goal in the first period. In the game, San Jose managed to score all five goals at even strength. They concluded with 37 shots on goal and committed 5 turnovers.
Going into the game, San Jose was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.
The Detroit Red Wings Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Sharks, the Red Wings have a 14-7-3 record. They hold a 8-3-2 record when playing at home, and they have gone 6-4-1 on the road. They are currently positioned 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 4th in the Eastern conference. Detroit’s average scoring margin this season is +.8 leading to an overall puck line record of 16-8. Their scoring margin at home is +1.1 and +.5 on the road.
In their last game, the Red Wings went up against the Sabres and emerged as winners with a score of 5-3. Against the Sabres, the Red Wings’ offense netted goals in all three periods. One of Detroit’s five goals were generated during power plays, while one were scored when shorthanded. In total, they had 27 shots on goal.
Detroit secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. With a combined total of 8 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Sharks have an average of 2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 31st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 31st in the league. Coming into the game, the Sharks have 0-0 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 7-17.
The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 9-15-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.
Detroit Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Red Wings are scoring an 3.8 goals per game this season, ranking 2nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 22nd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Red Wings offense is 4th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 15th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Red Wings’ stands at 14-10-0. They have had 14 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.8 goals per game.
San Jose Team Defense
Entering the game, the Sharks’ defense ranks 17th in takeaways, averaging 6.3 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 1st in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.9 goals per game.
Detroit Team Defense
Detroit defense takes on the Sharks ranked 18th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Detroit. They alsso are 9th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Sharks vs Red Wings Trends
- Although San Jose has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 3-7. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- In their last three home games, Detroit has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Red Wings have a straight up record of 5-5. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 8-2.
- Going back to their last five games as the favorite, the Sharks have a straight up record of 1-4. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 1-4.
If you’re interested in a pure moneyline wager, then the Red Wings is the preferred option. However, with a payout of -296, it might be worth considering this bet as a component of a larger parlay.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Sharks to cover. Even in the event of a Red Wings victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Sharks should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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