Predators vs. Sharks - 4/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (43-29-6) at Nashville Predators (39-26-13)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, FSSM
The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators meet Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The San Jose Sharks look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 36 goals, Brent Burns has 46 assists and Patrick Marleau has 205 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 138 goals on 1,688 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 33 goals on 285 shots. Jones has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Nashville Predators also look for a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power plays. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 31 goals, James Neal has 23 assists and Craig Smith has 194 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 156 goals on 1,698 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 33 goals on 400 shots. Rinne has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 road games. The Predators are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Pacific and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Sharks are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Nashville and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
San Jose hasn't won in Nashville in quite some time, and the Predators have a chance to jump the Sharks in the playoff standings with a victory here. Given the history between these two teams and what's on the line, I like the home team in this spot.