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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Jose Sharks (21-12-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (23-16-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -135 / San Jose Sharks +122 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNCAL, RSNONT

The San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.

The San Jose Sharks look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 15 goals, Brent Burns has 20 assists and Logan Couture has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 25 goals on 378 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 63 goals on 731 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed four or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 17 goals, Mitch Marner has 24 assists and William Nylander has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 89 goals on 1,125 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 19 goals on 227 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals i six of their last 10 games.

The Sharks are 2-5 in their last 7 road games, 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Maple Leafs are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 7-3 in their last 10 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Sharks are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto, 17-4-2 in the last 23 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

We're getting plus money with the San Jose Sharks, a team that's in far better form right now and hasn't lost a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs since Jan of 2011. San Jose also hasn't lost a game in Toronto since 2002, which was 18 meetings ago. Of course, going back that far has little impact on these teams, but sometimes a team has your number, and it's tough to just ignore that sort of history and one sided results. Give me the Sharks and the plus money.

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