San Jose Sharks vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 11/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (13-5-2) at San Jose Sharks (10-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, NBCSN
The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks meet late Wednesday night at the SAP Center on NBCSN.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Marian Hossa leads Chicago with 11 goals, Artem Anisimov has 10 assists and Artemi Panarin has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 68.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 37 goals on 471 shots faced and Scott Darling has allowed 13 goals on 135 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have won all eight games this season when allowing less than three goals.
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The San Jose Sharks could use a bounce back victory after losing six of their last 10 games. The Sharks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brent Burns leads San Jose with seven goals, Joe Pavelski has 11 assists and Logan Couture has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 87.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up 35 goals on 412 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed five goals on 74 shots. The San Jose Sharks have lost all eight games this season when allowing more than two goals.
The Blackhawks are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 13-5 in their last 18 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The home team is 16-6 in the last 22 meetings.
The home team has owned the series between the Blackhawks and Sharks, however, San Jose has struggled this season against some of the better teams in the league and continues to have issues on the offensive end. The Blackhawks are playing some solid hockey with wins in 10 of their last 13 games and have shown they can consistently play well on the road as well. I'll take a stab with Chicago here.