Washington Capitals vs. San Jose Sharks - 11/8/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (6-6-0) at Washington Capitals (8-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -152 / San Jose Sharks +121 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, CSNB
The San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals meet Tuesday night in a NHL showdown at the Verizon Center.
The San Jose Sharks could use a feel good win after losing five of their last eight games. The Sharks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with four goals, Brent Burns has seven assists and Tomas Hertl has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 87.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up 26 goals on 261 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed four goals on 41 shots. The San Jose Sharks have lost all six games this season when allowing three or more goals.
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The Washington Capitals look to keep the puck rolling while building on a five-game winning streak. The Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with seven goals, Marcus Johansson has five assists and T.J. Oshie has 28 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 20 goals on 252 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed two goals on 43 shots. The Washington Capitals have won all seven games this season when scoring three or more goals.
The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 13-4 in their last 17 Tuesday games. The Capitals are 42-16 in their last 58 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 11-1 in the last 12 meetings in Washington and 22-4-1 in the last 27 meetings overall.
The Capitals are on fire right now and showing early they're the team to beat in the Eastern Conferene. However, the Sharks have owned the Capitals over the years with wins in 22 of their last 27 tries, and San Jose is also due for a breakout performance. The Capitals are tough to bet against at home with the way they're playing right now, but the Sharks and the plus money here is where the value is at in this spot.