Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks - 10/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (3-1-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, ROOT
The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday night in a NHL showdown at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The San Jose Sharks are off to a red hot 3-1 start and will play already their fourth road game. The Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brent Burns leads San Jose with three goals, Joe Pavelski has four assists and Logan Couture has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 62.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up eight goals on 77 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed two goals on 23 shots. The San Jose Sharks have now won five of their last six regular season road games and are putting pressure on the rest of the Western Conference early.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to shake a streak of back-to-back losses when they play their fourth home game of the season. The Penguins are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with two goals, Matt Cullen has two assists and Evgeni Malkin has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 12 goals on 140 shots faced and has allowed two or more goals in nine straight regular season games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won eight of their last 10 regular season home games but are running thin in terms of depth with all of these injuries piling up. Conor Sheary and Kris Letang are questionable.
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Penguins are 27-9 in their last 36 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sharks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings.
The Penguins are always tough to bet against when playing on their home ice, but Pittsburgh was already without Sidney Crosby and is now dealing with a banged up Letang, who suffered a leg injury in the Penguins last game. The San Jose Sharks are coming out guns blazing and have been doing so on the road. Due to the injuries for Pittsburgh, I like the Sharks to steal another road game.