Sharks vs. Canadiens - 2/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (30-27-5) at San Jose Sharks (33-22-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -170 / Montreal Canadiens +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, CSNCAL
The Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks meet Monday night at the SAP Center.
The Montreal Canadiens look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 23 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 20 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 96 goals on 1,025 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The San Jose Sharks look for another win after winning six of their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 26 goals, Brent Burns has 31 assists and Patrick Marleau has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 116 goals on 1,379 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 33 goals on 285 shots. Jones has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 11-25 in their last 36 overall. The Sharks are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-13 in their last 18 Monday games. The Canadiens are 0-8 in the last 8 meetings in San Jose and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Montreal hasn't won in San Jose in forever, and hasn't had much success against the Sharks overall recently. The Sharks are also playing better hockey at the moment. So, while San Jose hasn't been good on the end of a back to back, I give the edge to the home team.