Sharks at Penguins Game 1 - 5/30/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Hockey: Monday, May 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins play game one of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night at the Consol Energy Center.
The San Jose Sharks are coming off a six game series against the St. Louis Blues. 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 13 goals, Logan Couture has 16 assists and Brent Burns has 60 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 39 goals on 479 shots faced and James Reimer has given up one goal on seven shots. Jones has given up nine goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a seven game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Nick Bonino has 12 assists and Sidney Crosby has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed four goals on 32 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 33 goals on 437 shots. Murray has given up seven goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 12-5 in their last 17 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 Stanley Cup Finals games and 39-16 in their last 55 overall. The Sharks are 17-5-1 in the last 23 meetings.
Anytime we start a new series, I usually side with the home team before getting a feel of how things play out. It also helps that Pittsburgh is pretty good on its home ice as we saw in game seven against Tampa Bay. So, give me the Penguins to draw blood first.