Ducks vs. Sharks - 10/26/14 NHL Pick, Odds, Prediction
San Jose Sharks (4-3-1) at Anaheim Ducks (7-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -149 / San Jose Sharks +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, FSW2
The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks play Sunday night at the Honda Center.
The San Jose Sharks fall to 4-4-1 on the season after four straight losses, including a Saturday loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Sharks main issue for much of the season has been mediocre goaltending, as they’ve allowed 16 goals in their four straight losses. Antti Niemi has allowed 16 goals on 165 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed nine goals on 119 save attempts. The San Jose Sharks have lost six of their last seven games when allowing three or more goals. Offensively, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each have four goals, Joe Thornton has six assists and Brent Burns has 28 shots on goal. The San Jose Sharks have scored at least one power play goal in six of their first nine games. This game begins a three-game road trip for the Sharks.
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The Anaheim Ducks are the hottest team in hockey with seven straight wins and a 7-1 record overall. While playing balanced hockey, it’s the Ducks offense that’s produced three or more goals in seven of their first eight games. Corey Perry leads the way with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has nine assists and Ryan Kesler has 25 shots on goal. The Anaheim Ducks have won 13 of their last 14 games when scoring three or more goals. The Ducks have also taken advantage of the power play, scoring two or more power play goals in three games. Defensively, Frederik Andersen has allowed eight goals on 162 shots and John Gibson has allowed seven goals on 56 shots. This will be the last home game before the Anaheim Ducks go on a four-game road trip.
The Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. The Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 37-15 in their last 52 home games. The Sharks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Anaheim.
I don't like picking a red hot team and the juice knowing that they're due for a loss. The San Jose Sharks are still one of the more talented teams in the league and the value of the plus money is too good to pass up here.