Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (14-8-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (17-6-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, SUN
The San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The San Jose Sharks look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 13 goals, Joe Thornton has 11 assists and Joe Pavelski has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 88.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 15 goals on 198 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 32 goals on 458 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed a combined two goals in their last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lighting look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 27.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 17 goals, Steven Stamkos has 26 assists and Vladislav Namestnikov has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 47 goals on 696 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 15 goals on 113 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Lightning are 11-3 in their last 14 home games, 36-15 in their last 51 games playing on 2 days rest and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. The Sharks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay, 12-5 in the last 17 meetings and the road team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Sharks are enjoying a nice little stretch of winning, but they're on the end of a back to back against a Tampa Bay Lighting squad that's done nothing but win at home this season. The Lighting are the third best home team in the league and have been even better when playing on extended rest. So, while the Sharks are playing well and have beaten up on Tampa Bay over the years, I'm going to side with the home team in this spot.