San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators - 4/5/14
Nashville Predators (33-32-11) at San Jose Sharks (49-20-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -242 / Nashville Predators +219 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, CSN+
The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks will play for the third and final time this season on Saturday night. Surprisingly, the Predators have won the previous two meetings this season against the Sharks.
Despite the playoffs being out of reach, the Predators have been playing some decent hockey lately, winning five of their last seven games. While goalie Pekka Rinne has had a shaky year to say the least, Carter Hutton has allowed just eight total goals in his last six games. Offensively, Patric Hornqvist has racked up four goals, four assists and eight points in his last five games. The Nashville Predators are 17-15-2-4 on the road this season.
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The San Jose Sharks could use a little boost heading into the playoffs, as they’ve lost five of their last nine games. The Sharks, a team that averages 2.9 goals per game on the season, has scored two or less goals in five of their last nine games. Only one of those five games resulted in a win for the Sharks. Defensively, goalie Antti Niemi is playing some of his best hockey of the season, holding teams to two or less goals in seven of his last 11 starts. The San Jose Sharks are 28-6-1-4 at home.
The Predators are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 18-38 in their last 56 vs. a team with a winning record. The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 43-13 in their last 56 home games. The Predators are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, while the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Since there's really no value in taking the Sharks to win, I'm going to side with the under in this matchup. Both teams have had trouble scoring recently and the under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.