The San Jose Sharks (10-31-3) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (12-29-2) on Tuesday, January 16th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. Both the Sharks and Blackhawks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 ET.
San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks
The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the season, the Sharks are 16th in the Western Conference with a record of 10-31-3. In their last ten games, they have gone just 1-9, and they have lost two straight games. On the road, San Jose is just 4-19-1 for the season and have lost their last two games away from home.
As the underdog, the Sharks have gone 10-31-3 on the season and have lost two straight games when not favored. Against the Western Conference, San Jose is just 4-18 this season, and they are 8th in the Pacific Division.
On the road, the Sharks have gone 8-16 against the puck line this season, and they have an average scoring margin of -2.3 goals per game in those games. So far this year, San Jose has an overall puck line record of 17-27.
Coming into this game, the Sharks have gone 2-1 against the puck line in their last three games and 4-6 vs. the puck line in their last ten road games. On the season, San Jose has 27 losses by multiple goals and 8 wins by more than one goal.
In their most recent game, the Sharks fell to the Sabres on the road by a score of 3-0. In the game against the Sabres, San Jose’s offense had a tough time and didn’t score a single goal. During the game, the Sharks’ offense had 1 turnovers and took 28 shots on goal while being shutout.
Entering the game as the underdog, San Jose not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 3 goals.
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At this point in the season, the Blackhawks are 15th in the Western Conference and 8th in the Central Division. Overall, they have a record of 12-29-2, and in the Western Conference, they have gone 7-18. Over their last ten games, Chicago has gone 2-8.
When playing at home this year, the Blackhawks have gone 8-11-1, and they have lost their last two games at the United Center. As the underdog this season, Chicago has gone 12-28-2 and has lost three straight games.
Chicago comes into the game with a puck line record of 20-23 overall, and they have gone 5-5 against the puck line in their last ten games. Overall, the Blackhawks have had 23 losses by more than one goal compared to just five wins by multiple goals. In their 42 games as the underdog, Chicago has an overall puck line record of 20-22.
At home, the Blackhawks have gone 12-8 against the puck line this season, and their average scoring margin for the year is at -1.4 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the team has gone 7-3 against the puck line.
Coming off a 3-1 loss at home to the Stars, the Blackhawks are hoping to bounce back today. In terms of offense, the Blackhawks faced a dry spell in the first and third periods against the Stars, but they managed to score one time in the second period. Chicago’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 35 shots on goal in total.
As the underdog, Chicago suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 4 goals.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Sharks are scoring an 2 goals per game this season, ranking 32nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 32nd in the league. The Sharks went 1-1 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 8-29.
This season, the Sharks’ have an over/under record of 17-24-3. Throughout the season, they have played 23 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Blackhawks are scoring an 2.3 goals per game this season, ranking 30th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 29th in the league. Chicago’s offense comes into the game ranked 29th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.
The Blackhawks’ over/under record this season is 17-24-2. For the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
San Jose Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Sharks’ defense is 25th in takeaways at 5.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.8 goals per game which is 1st in the NHL.
Chicago Team Defense
Defensively, the Blackhawks come into the season ranked 8th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.3 shots per game against Chicago. For the season, they are ranked 25th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Sharks vs Blackhawks Trends
- Across the Sharks last five road games, the team averaged 1 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 2-3, while going 1-4 straight-up.
- When looking at their past three home matchups, Chicago has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 1-4. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-2.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Sharks have a straight up record of 1-2 and an puck line mark of 1-2.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Blackhawks to come out with a win against the Sharks while playing at home. Considering the moneyline odds at -130, I’m placing my bet on the Blackhawks to win outright.
When it comes to a puck line pick, our choice is the Blackhawks to secure the win and cover. Expect the Blackhawks to dominate this one with a multi-goal win over the Sharks.
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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