San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 11/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (7-2-2) at San Jose Sharks (6-5-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -125 / Pittsburgh Penguins +101 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSNCAL
The Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks clash late Saturday night in a NHL matchup at the SAP Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to remain hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with six goals, Patric Hornqvist has six assists and Sidney Crosby has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 30 goals on 325 shots faced and Matt Murray has allowed one goal on 33 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
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The San Jose Sharks are looking for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games overall. The Sharks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with four goals, Brent Burns has seven assists and Tomas Hertl has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 86.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up 23 goals on 254 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed two goals on 23 shots. The San Jose Sharks are 0-5 this season when allowing more than two goals.
The Penguins are 17-8 in their last 25 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. The Sharks are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Penguins are 3-12-1 in the last 16 meetings in San Jose and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Penguins haven't had much success playing in San Jose, but Pittsburgh has won six of the last eight games against the Sharks overall. The bottom line is that the Penguins are playing some great hockey at the moment and have won four of their five games with Crosby on the ice. The Sharks are tough at home, but they haven't been consistent overall so far this season. I'll take the Penguins, a team in better form, and the slight plus money.