Sharks at Predators Game 6 - 5/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (53-31-8) at Nashville Predators (47-33-14)
NHL Hockey: Monday, May 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -105 / San Jose Sharks -105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators meet Monday night for game six at the Bridgestone Arena.
The San Jose Sharks can advance to the conference finals for the third time since the 2009 season with a victory. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with eight goals, Brent Burns has nine assists and Logan Couture has 27 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 24 goals on 290 shots faced. Jones has given up nine goals in his last three games.
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The Nashville Predators can force a game seven with a victory that would take place on Thursday night. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power plays. Mike Fisher leads Nashville with five goals, Roman Josi has eight assists and Colin Wilson has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 30 goals on 360 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up one goals on two shots. Rinne has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games. The Predators are 3-8 in their last 11 Conference Semifinals games and 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games. The Sharks are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Nashville and the home team is 41-18 in the last 59 meetings.
The home team usually wins when these teams meet, and it's been no different in these playoffs with the home team winning every game. While I do think the Sharks are the better team, you have to play the trends here. I like the Predators to win at home and force a game seven on Thursday.