Sharks vs. Coyotes - 4/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (35-38-8) at San Jose Sharks (45-30-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -238 / Arizona Coyotes +190 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, CSN+
The Arizona Coyotes and San Jose Sharks clash late Saturday night at the SAP Center.
The Arizona Coyotes could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Shane Doan leads Arizona with 28 goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 34 assists and Anthony Duclair has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their power play chances. Louis Domingue has allowed 101 goals on 1,142 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 76 goals on 889 shots. Domingue has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The San Jose Sharks look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 37 goals, Brent Burns has 47 assists and Patrick Marleau has 215 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 143 goals on 1,714 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 33 goals on 285 shots. Jones has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Coyotes are 17-36 in their last 53 Saturday games and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games. The Coyotes are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in San Jose and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Sharks are still fighting for playoff position, while the Coyotes have given up on the season a long time ago. I'll side with the home team here.