San Jose Sharks vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (16-5-2) at San Jose Sharks (14-9-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -141 / Montreal Canadiens +128 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks meet up in California on Friday night in a battle of two of the league’s best teams.
The Canadiens look to make a statement on the road against the Sharks on Friday night in what some are calling a potential preview of the Stanley Cup final and with the rosters these two teams possess it is no wonder why. The Habs are led by their MVP caliber goaltender in Carey Price who has been the game’s best net minder over the last few years and with a handful of scoring options and a rock solid defense unit this is a very good team that shouldn’t be taken lightly by anybody. Carey Price has been confirmed to get the start here as he will likely face off against Martin Jones who has made the transition seamlessly over the last season plus as the new starting goaltender of the San Jose Sharks.
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The Sharks meanwhile look for another home ice victory and make a statement of their own heading into the weekend as a win against Montreal would certainly open some eyes for the Sharks who are looking to build on last season’s Stanley Cup final appearance. San Jose is loaded across the board as they have a great balance of veteran role players and in their prime, top of the line skill players and while they may not have the edge in goal here they certainly match up well with the Canadiens as they are similar in terms of depth. However, San Jose does have a bit more size and will look to use their physicality to push around the smaller Canadiens forwards who will try to use their speed to counteract it.
The Habs are 9-2 in their last 11 against a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last 5 against the Pacific while the Sharks are 5-1 in their last six overall and 4-1 in their last five home games. Montreal is getting great value here and with Price having the edge over Jones I think that makes the difference in a tight game.