Lightning vs. Sharks - 11/13/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (8-7-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (11-3-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Tampa Bay Times Forum)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -138 / San Jose Sharks +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, SUN
The San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning play Thursday at the Amalie Arena.
The San Jose Sharks have lost four of their last six games and are losing ground in the tough Pacific division. The concern for the Sharks is on the defensive end, as they’re allowing 2.8 goals per game and have given up 15 goals in their last four games. The San Jose Sharks have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing three or more goals. Now, the Sharks will have to survive without Alex Stalock, as he was recently put on the IR. Antti Niemi has allowed 34 goals on 383 shots faced. Offensively, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski have combined for 14 goals, Patrick Marleau has 11 assists and Brent Burns has 54 shots on goal. The Sharks have scored a power play goal in five of their last six games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have won six of their last seven games and are atop the Atlantic division. The Lightning have been an offensive machine all season, averaging 3.7 goals per game and scoring 13 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are scoring on the power play 25 percent of the time and have won 16 straight games when scoring three or more goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 10 goals, Tyler Johnson has 13 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 39 shots on goal. Johnson is questionable for this game with a rib injury. Defensively, Ben Bishop has allowed 31 goals on 363 shots and Evgeni Nabokov has given up 11 goals on 87 shots faced. The Lightning are 8-10 on the power play kill in their last two games.
The Sharks are 4-10 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 38-18 in their last 56 vs. Atlantic. The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 37-18 in their last 55 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sharks are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings, while the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Sharks have to win eventually, right? San Jose has owned Tampa Bay the last couple of years and the Lighning may be without one of their better players in Johnson. I'll take a shot with San Jose and the plus money.