San Jose Sharks vs. Washington Capitals - 3/22/14
Washington Capitals (33-27-11) at San Jose Sharks (46-18-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -205 / Washington Capitals +186 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Sharks and Capitals play in the night cap in what is a very busy night on the ice but this one could be worth staying up for.
The Washington Capitals haven’t played according to plan this season as many expected they would challenge the Penguins for top spot in the Metropolitan division but instead they are battling just to make the playoffs. The Caps sit a point behind the Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but take to the road where they haven’t been strong this year and take on a Sharks team who rebounded nicely in their last outing and have now won eight of their last 10 contests. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have both enjoyed personal success this season but their individual efforts haven’t been enough to get this team over the hump but if they can sneak into the playoffs then watch out. Jaroslav Halak will likely get the start for the Caps as he goes up against Antti Niemi.
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There has been so much hype around the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks this season that so many people have forgotten about the San Jose Sharks who head into Saturday night atop the Pacific division and are just two points back of the Blues for first overall. San Jose is a very solid team that is built down the middle and can compete with any team on any night of the week making them very dangerous especially in a seven game set. The Sharks have been lights out at home this season sporting a 26-5-4 mark at the Tank and with the Caps paying a visit and bringing along their dismal record on the road it looks like easy pickings for San Jose. However, I would be cautious about this one as while the Sharks would love to keep winning to maintain pace with the Ducks and Blues they don’t need it nearly as much as the Caps and won’t go beyond their means to do so especially if it jeopardizes the health of any players. I am not sold on the Caps winning outright but I do think they keep it close.