Penguins at Sharks Game 3 - 6/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (62-30-10) at San Jose Sharks (58-34-10)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday night in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals at the SAP Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins can all but end this series by winning here and taking a 3-0 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 10 goals, Nick Bonino has 13 assists and Sidney Crosby has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed four goals on 32 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 36 goals on 485 shots. Murray has given up four goals in his last three games.
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The San Jose Sharks need a victory here in order to have a realistic chance of winning this series. 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 13 goals, Logan Couture has 18 assists and Brent Burns has 67 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 44 goals on 550 shots faced and James Reimer has given up one goal on seven shots. Jones has given up seven goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 Stanley Cup Finals games and 11-5 in their last 16 Saturday games. The Sharks are 8-1 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Penguins are 1-11-1 in the last 13 meetings in San Jose and 6-17-1 in the last 24 meetings overall.
The Sharks have to win this game or this series is all but over and the Penguins will have three chances to close the deal. Good thing is that Pittsburgh has had little to zero success playing in San Jose over the years with just one win in the last 13 trips. The Sharks have also been solid on their home ice throughout the playoffs.
This series was expected to be close and long, and I see the Sharks at least trying to keep those expectations intact.