The San Jose Sharks (9-21-3) travel to face off against the Vancouver Canucks (22-10-3) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Both the Sharks and Canucks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks
The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
For the season, the Sharks currently hold an overall record of 9-21-3. On the road, San Jose has gone 3-13-1 and they are 6-8-2 at home. They are currently positioned 8th in the Western Pacific division and 16th in the Western conference. San Jose’s average scoring difference this season sits at -1.9, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 14-19. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of -1.6, and on the road, it is -2.2.
After suffering a 5-2 loss at home to the Coyotes, the Sharks are looking to bounce back today. In the opening period, the Sharks couldn’t find the net on offense, but they rebounded with one time in the second period and one goal in the third. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 31 shots on goal and had 9 turnovers.
San Jose entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
The Vancouver Canucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Canucks have a mark of 22-10-3. When going on the road, Vancouver has a record of 10-7-2 record, while they are 12-3-1 at their home arena. They are currently positioned 1st in the Western Pacific division and 1st in the Western conference. This season, Vancouver has managed to win 16 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing five games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 24-10.
The Canucks aim to bounce back following their 4-3 loss on the road to the Stars. In every single period, the Canucks’ offense scored a goal against the Stars. In the game, Vancouver managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 20 shots on goal and committed 9 turnovers.
Despite the defeat, Vancouver managed to cover the puck line, going into the game as the underdogs. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Sharks are averaging 2.1 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. This season, the Sharks are 1-1 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-20 record.
The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 13-18-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 20 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.
Vancouver Offense Breakdown
The Canucks come into the game scoring an average of 3.8 goals per game, putting them 1st in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 24th in the league. Coming into the game, the Canucks have 10-4 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 11-6.
This season, the Canucks have an over/under record of 20-12-2. Throughout the season, they have played 22 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.3 per game.
San Jose Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Sharks’ defense is 21st in takeaways at 6 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.8 goals per game which is 1st in the NHL.
Vancouver Team Defense
Defensively, the Canucks are currently 6th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.1 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 2nd in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.
Sharks vs Canucks Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Sharks have a straight up record of 3-7 while going 6-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- The Canucks are 2-1 puck line in their last three home games and 2-1 straight-up.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Canucks have a straight up record of 5-5 and an puck line mark of 7-3.
- Going back to their last three games as the favorite, the Sharks have a straight up record of 1-2. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 1-2.
For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Canucks are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -310, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.
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 Canucks victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Sharks should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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