The San Jose Sharks (9-28-3) travel to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs (20-10-7) on Tuesday, January 9th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and televised on NBCS. The Maple Leafs are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sharks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Maple Leafs. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
San Jose Sharks vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the season, the Sharks are 9-28-3, which puts them in 16th place in the Western Conference and 8th place in the Pacific Division. San Jose has lost 11 straight games and is 0-10 in their last 10 games. In games against teams from the Western Conference, the Sharks are 4-18, and they have gone 2-11 in divisional games.
When playing on the road, San Jose has gone 3-16-1, and they have lost five straight road games. As the underdog, the Sharks have gone 9-28-3 on the year and have lost 11 straight games as the underdog.
San Jose has a puck line record of 15-25 this season and an average scoring margin of -2.1 goals per game. Their puck line record as the underdog is 15-25, and they have lost four straight games vs. the puck line on the road.
So far, the Sharks have 25 losses by multiple goals compared to just six losses by one goal. In their last ten road games, San Jose’s puck line record is 6-4, and their average scoring margin on the road is -2.4 goals per game.
Following a 4-1 loss at home to the Maple Leafs, the Sharks are eager to bounce back. The first two periods saw the Sharks struggling to find the net on offense, but they turned things around by scoring one goal in the third period. For the game, San Jose’s only goal came at even strength. Overall, they had 24 shots on goal vs. Toronto.
Coming in as the underdog, San Jose not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6 with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Maple Leafs have gone 9-7-2 and have been favored in 31 of their 37 games. Toronto has won three straight games and has gone 5-5 in their last ten games. In the Eastern Conference standings, the Maple Leafs are in 5th place and are 3rd in the Atlantic Division.
Overall, Toronto has gone 20-10-7 this season and has gone 10-13 against other Eastern Conference teams. In their last three games, the Maple Leafs are 3-0, and they have gone 17-8-6 this season when favored.
When playing at home, the Maple Leafs have gone 5-5 against the puck line over their last ten games. So far this year, they have gone just 12-25 against the puck line.
Overall, Toronto has gone 10-10 against the puck line in their last ten games. The team’s average scoring margin this year is +.4 goals per game.
In their most recent matchup, the Maple Leafs played against the Sharks and won with a score of 4-1. Against the Sharks, Maple Leafs’ offense was able to score in all three periods. Of Toronto’s four goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 33 shots on goal and had six giveaways.
Toronto also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Sharks have an average of 2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 32nd in the league. This season, the Sharks have a 1-1 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 8-26 record.
The Sharks’ over/under record this season is 15-22-3. For the season, they have had 21 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Toronto Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Maple Leafs come in averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, which is 12th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. In terms of the Maple Leafs’ offense during power plays, they are 12th in power play goals and 14th in shorthanded goals.
The Maple Leafs’ over/under record this season is 19-17-1. For the season, they have had 20 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging6.8 goals per game.
San Jose Team Defense
The Sharks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 23rd in takeaways and an average of 5.9 takeaways per contest. They hold 2nd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.8 goals given up per game.
Toronto Team Defense
Defensively, the Maple Leafs are currently 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.4 shots per game against Toronto. They also are 6th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Sharks vs Maple Leafs Trends
- Across the Sharks last ten road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 6-4, while going 3-7 straight-up.
- In their last three games at home, the Maple Leafs have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Maple Leafs have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 4-1.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Sharks have a straight up record of 3-7. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 3-7.
If you’re looking for a straight moneyline bet, then the Maple Leafs are the way to go. However, with a payout of -418, you might consider using this bet as a leg of a parlay.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Sharks to cover. Even if the Maple Leafs manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Sharks should 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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