Sharks vs. Capitals - 3/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (49-13-5) at San Jose Sharks (37-24-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNSW, CSNCAL
The Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks clash Saturday night at the SAP Center.
The Washington Capitals look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 17 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 41 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 48 assists and T.J. Oshie has 156 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 119 goals on 1,520 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 29 goals on 414 shots. Holtby has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The San Jose Sharks look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 31 goals, Brent Burns has 36 assists and Patrick Marleau has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 124 goals on 1,519 shots faced and James Reimer has given up three goals on 56 shots. Jones has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 15-6 in their last 21 road games. The Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Capitals are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in San Jose and 3-19 in the last 22 meetings overall.
The Capitals are the best team in hockey, but they've beaten the Sharks just three times in the last 22 meetings. That has to count for something, eh? I'll take the Sharks on their home ice given the history between these two teams.