San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators - 10/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (2-4-1) at San Jose Sharks (5-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -159 / Nashville Predators +127 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, CSNCAL
The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks square off Saturday night in a NHL showdown at the SAP Center.
The Nashville Predators could use a strong road victory after losing five of their last six games. The Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 37 percent of their power play opportunities. Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville with four goals, P.K. Subban has three assists and Mike Fisher has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 68 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 15 goals on 165 shots faced and Marek Mazanec has allowed seven goals on 36 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed a combined 15 goals in their last four games.
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The San Jose Sharks look for some consistency after splitting their last six games. The Sharks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Hertl leads San Jose with four goals, Joe Pavelski has six assists and Brent Burns has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up 16 goals on 174 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed two goals on 23 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 regular season games.
The Predators are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. The Sharks are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 7-23 in the last 30 meetings in San Jose and the over is 4-0-3 in the last 7 meetings.
The Predators are in poor form right now and now have to play in a place that's been a house of horrors over the years. The Sharks continue to be sharp on the defensive end and should get a lot of quality looks with Nashville. I like the home team to get the job done here given the way the Predators continue to stink it up.