Sharks at Penguins Game 2 - 6/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (58-34-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (61-30-10)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins square off for game two of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Consol Energy Center.
The San Jose Sharks could use a win here to tie the series up before heading back to California. 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 17 assists and Brent Burns has 63 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 42 goals on 520 shots faced and James Reimer has given up one goal on seven shots. Jones has given up eight goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with a victory here. 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 58 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 35 goals on 463 shots. Murray has given up five goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 Stanley Cup Finals games and 40-16 in their last 56 overall. The Sharks are 17-6-1 in the last 24 meetings.
The San Jose Sharks know they have to win this game before they dig an early series hole. And after a slow start in game one, San Jose really settled in and nearly stole it. I expect the Sharks to come out with more energy and get off to a stronger start. This series should go back to San Jose tied at 1-1.