Sharks vs. Rangers - 3/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (40-23-8) at San Jose Sharks (39-25-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks / New York Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, CSNCAL
The New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks play Saturday afternoon at the SAP Center.
The New York Rangers look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 25 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 31 assists and J.T. Miller has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 131 goals on 1,674 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 38 goals on 445 shots. Lundqvist has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The San Jose Sharks look to keep rolling after winning 11 of their last 17 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 32 goals, Brent Burns has 38 assists and Patrick Marleau has 174 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 128 goals on 1,565 shots faced and James Reimer has given up five goals on 79 shots. Jones has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 53-26 in their last 79 games playing on 1 days rest and 18-7 in their last 25 vs. Pacific. The Sharks are 7-0 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Rangers are 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in San Jose and 10-4-1 in the last 15 meetings overall.
The Rangers have played well on this west coast road trip and have beaten the Sharks in 10 of the last 15 meetings. The Sharks are playing some great hockey, but the Rangers can get the job done if they bring the same energy they did against the Ducks and Kings.