Seattle Kraken Travel to San Jose to Face the Sharks
The Seattle Kraken will travel to the SAP Center at San Jose to take on the San Jose Sharks in a Pacific Division battle on Sunday night. This will be the third of four games against one another as the Kraken have won both games so far. Seattle is last in the Pacific Division (16-33-4, 36 points), while San Jose is seventh (22-22-6, 50 points) so far.
These teams have been struggling, but the likes of center Jared McCann and goalie Philipp Grubauer have been leading the Kraken while right winger Timo Meier and goalie James Reimer are leading the Sharks, so it will be an interesting game here.
Kraken Need to Strike
Seattle has been struggling offensively as they are scoring 2.57 goals on 28.1 shot attempts per game this season. Center Jared McCann has been leading the way for the team as he has recorded 33 points (21 goals, 12 assists) so far and has scored three points in the previous five games. Their biggest weakness is on the power play, as their 15.5 power play percentage is the fourth-lowest in the sport right now.
They are 27th in all of hockey with a 75.6 penalty kill percentage this season. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer has struggled as he is 12-22-4 with 3.18 goals allowed and a .887 save percentage this season. As a team, the Kraken are giving up 3.57 goals on 28.8 shots per game, so they need to improve defensively if they want to continue to improve in their inaugural season.
Sharks Need to Attack
The Sharks need to play better offensively this year as they are averaging 2.66 goals on 30 shot attempts so far. Right winger Timo Meier is tied for 20th in the NHL in points and tied for 18th in goals as he has posted 52 points (23 goals, 29 assists) this season and has recorded five points in his first four games out of the All-Star break. They have been below average on the power play as they are scoring on 18.9 percent of their opportunities.
The Sharks have been depending on the production of goalie James Reimer as he is 13-11-5 so far as he is allowing 2.91 goals per game with a save percentage of .912 this year.
San Jose has dominated against the power play as their 85.4 penalty kill percentage is the fourth-best in the sport. As a whole, the Sharks are giving up 3.12 goals on 31.3 shot attempts per game thus far and need to improve even more if they want to continue to improve.
These franchises are doing very similar as of late as the Kraken are allowing four goals in their previous three games while the Sharks are giving up 4.3 goals in that same stretch.
Both offenses are with 0.1 goals per game with each other. Another big thing is the fact that they play a close game against one another. The difference seems to be against the spread as San Jose is a mediocre 25-25 ATS while Seattle is 23-30 ATS so far this season.
Go with the San Jose Sharks to cover the puck line in this game.
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