Coyotes vs. Sharks - 3/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (38-24-6) at Arizona Coyotes (30-32-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, FSAZ+
The San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes square off Thursday night at the Gila River Arena.
The San Jose Sharks look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last nine games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 32 goals, Brent Burns has 38 assists and Patrick Marleau has 171 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 126 goals on 1,544 shots faced and James Reimer has given up five goals on 79 shots. Jones has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Arizona Coyotes could use a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Shane Doan leads Arizona with 24 goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 30 assists and Max Domi has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their power play chances. Louis Domingue has allowed 89 goals on 1,017 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 47 goals on 443 shots. Domingue has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 17-8 in their last 25 games playing on 1 days rest. The Coyotes are 20-41 in their last 61 Thursday games and 14-48 in their last 62 vs. a team with a winning record. The Sharks are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
It's damn near impossible to pick against the Sharks with the way they're playing right now. It's even harder to back the Coyotes with the way they've been playing. Add the fact the Sharks have beaten the Coyotes in five of the last six games, and you have to like the road team here.