Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks - 11/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (6-3-0) at Arizona Coyotes (2-6-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena on NBCSN.
The San Jose Sharks look for their third road victory to build on their three-game winning streak overall. The Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with four goals, Brent Burns has six assists and Tomas Hertl has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up 17 goals on 202 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed two goals on 23 shots. The San Jose Sharks have outscored opponents 9-3 during their current three-game winning streak.
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The Arizona Coyotes are getting desperate for a victory after a rough 2-6 start to the season. The Coyotes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 10.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads Arizona with five goals, Brad Richardson has four assists and Radim Vrbata has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 4.1 goals per game and are killing 72.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 20 goals on 153 shots faced and Justin Peters has allowed five goals on 58 shots. The Arizona Coyotes are playing just their third home game of the season and have won five of their last eight at home overall. Michael Stone is questionable with an upper-body injury.
The Sharks are 36-15 in their last 51 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Sharks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Coyotes may be worth a look in this contest if their defense didn't allow three or more goals in all eight games this season. Arizona just isn't showing anything defensively and a team such as the San Jose Sharks can take advantage of that. I like the Coyotes talent and think they're better than their record, but the San Jose Sharks have to be the pick here as more of a fade from Arizona.