Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction 3/14/2024

The San Jose Sharks (16-41-7) travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (28-28-9) on Thursday, March 14th. This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and televised on NBCS. Both the Sharks and Penguins will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.

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The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

With an overall record of 16-41-7, the Sharks are in last place in the Pacific Division and 16th in the Western Conference. In their last ten games, San Jose has gone just 1-9. On the road, the Sharks have a record of 6-22-4, including two straight losses.

As the underdog, San Jose has gone 16-41-7 this season. In the Western Conference, the Sharks are in 8th place with an 8-27 record. Over their last five games, San Jose has gone 1-4.

San Jose enters the game with an average scoring margin of -1.8 goals per game. So far this year, the Sharks have 33 losses by more than one goal.

On the road, the Sharks have a puck line record of 16-16, including going 9-1 in their last ten games. Overall, the team’s puck line record is 31-33, and they have gone 4-1 against the puck line in their last five games.

The Sharks aim to bounce back following their 3-2 loss on the road to the Flyers. Offensively, the Sharks scored one goal in the first period and one time in the second period. The team’s two goals occurred during a power play, and they managed to take 29 shots on goal while also having 1 giveaways.

Although they didn’t win, San Jose did cover the puck line as the underdogs in the game. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

At home this season, the Penguins have won 16 of 32 games and have gone 19-16-6 as the favorite. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is in 13th place and has gone 15-21 against other teams from the East. Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 3-7 and have lost four straight games.

Overall this season, the Penguins have gone 28-28-9 and have 65 points. Against teams from the Metropolitan Division, Pittsburgh has gone 8-9 and is in 7th place. As the favorite, the Penguins have lost two straight games and have gone 19-16-6 this season.

At home this year, Pittsburgh has a puck line record of 14-18, and their average scoring margin is +.1 goals per game. So far, the Penguins have 19 wins by multiple goals and 18 losses by multiple goals.

Overall, their puck line record is 29-35, and they have gone just 3-7 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. In their last three games, the Penguins are 0-3 vs. the puck line.

The Penguins aim to bounce back following their 2-1 loss on the road to the Senators. The first two periods saw the Penguins struggling to find the net on offense, but they turned things around by scoring one goal in the third period. For the game, Pittsburgh’s only goal came at even strength. Overall, they had 35 shots on goal vs. Ottawa.

Pittsburgh took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 3 goals.

San Jose Offense Breakdown

Offensively, the Sharks come into the game at 2.2 goals per contest placing 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 32nd position in the league. San Jose’s offense comes into the game ranked 27th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the NHL.

This season, the Sharks’ have an over/under record of 28-33-3. Throughout the season, they have played 32 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.

Penguins Offense Breakdown

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On offense, the Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 26th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 7th in the league. This year, the Penguins have recorded a 18-17 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-11 record.

The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 24-35-5. Over the course of the season, they have had 31 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.7 per game.

San Jose Team Defense

Defensively, the Sharks come into the season ranked 1st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 34.2 shots per game against San Jose. For the season, they are ranked 30th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Pittsburgh Team Defense

The Penguins defense is currently 18th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 7 shutouts.

Sharks vs Penguins 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 9-1. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
  • Across the Penguins last ten home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 3-7, while going 5-5 straight-up.
  • Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Pittsburgh has an puck line mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
  • 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.

Sharks vs Penguins Prediction

If you’re considering a direct moneyline bet, the Penguins is the choice to make. However, with a payout of -291, you might want to use this bet as a building block for a parlay.

If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Sharks to cover. Even in the event of a Penguins victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Sharks should cover the puck line.

If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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