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Winnipeg Jets vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Jose Sharks (21-12-6) at Winnipeg Jets (24-11-7)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm (MTS Centre)

The Line: Winnipeg Jets -135 / San Jose Sharks +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

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Sunday NHL action features the Winnipeg Jets hosting the San Jose Sharks.

The San Jose Sharks are third in the Pacific but their position is far from secure. San Jose can’t afford losing streaks of any length and find themselves in the midst of a three game skid following a 6-5, overtime defeat at the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. The Sharks received two goals from Tomas Hertl with Melker Karlsson, Chris Tierney and Brent Burns also lighting the lamp.

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Winnipeg Jets vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The balanced Senators offense received regulation goals from Ryan Dzingel, Mark Stone, Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman and Matt Duchene. Duchene won it just seven seconds in to the extra session. Craig Anderson recorded 30 saves to get the win for Ottawa while Aaron Dell was charged with the loss with 37 stops. 

The Winnipeg Jets sit atop the Central standings because of their ability to both score and defend. Winnipeg is showing no sign of fall from their pedestal with wins in four of five after a 4-3 decision versus the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. The Sabres saw Marco Scandella, Johan Larsson and Scott Wilson light the lamp with Jason Pominville add two assists. 

Four different players scored for the Jets with Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little all finding the back of the net. Surging Winnipeg received 26 saves from Connor Hellebuyck who upped his record to 22-4-6 while Chad Johnson fell to 1-7-3 with 25 stops.

Sharks are 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and under is 6-1-1 in Sharks last 8 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and Sharks are 1-5 in their last 6 road games. Over is 3-0-2 in Jets last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Pacific and under is 3-0-1 in Jets last 4 games following a win. Sharks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Winnipeg and road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. 

The Sharks have generally fared well in this matchup  but Winnipeg is playing the better hockey…

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