Predators at Sharks Game 7 - 5/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (48-33-14) at San Jose Sharks (53-31-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks meet Thursday night for game seven at the SAP Center.
The Nashville Predators can advance to their first conference finals ever with a victory here. 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 27 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 33 goals on 378 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up one goals on two shots. Rinne has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
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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 11 assists and Logan Couture has 28 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 28 goals on 322 shots faced. Jones has given up nine goals in his last three games.
The road team has actually won 10 of the last 17 NHL game sevens, so recent history is on the Predators side here. Also, Nashville is playing for something bigger than themselves considering the team has never made it to the conference finals in franchise history. However, I've been saying all playoffs that the Sharks are playing the best hockey of any team.
I have to go with the Sharks here at home considering how they've played throughout the playoffs. Experience also has to come into play here.