Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks - 4/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (46-27-10) at Anaheim Ducks (44-26-13)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -148 / San Jose Sharks +112 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead back home as they face off against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
The Sharks stole home ice advantage in a hurry as they took down the Ducks in their Pacific division series opener and with a victory on Saturday they can head back to San Jose with a 2-0 series lead and would set up a chance to complete the sweep on home ice. The Sharks have had an up and down season and have flown under the radar a little bit heading into the playoffs but they are a dangerous team with plenty of playoff experience and know the Ducks well which makes them a very intriguing team in the Western Conference and one that is certainly getting overlooked. San Jose has done a great job against division opponents this season as they are 22-7 in their last 29 meetings and they have won four games in a row in Anaheim and Martin Jones will be tasked with continuing that trend on Saturday evening.
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The Ducks meanwhile were one of the league’s hottest teams to finish the season and have been a trendy pick to advance into the Conference finals but they will have to find a way to win games in San Jose in this series as they have already relinquished home ice advantage. Anaheim has a ton of depth across the board and have a lot of playoff experience much like their opponents do but Anaheim hasn’t fared well against the Sharks on home ice lately despite having a ton of success against all other teams at the Honda Center. Anaheim is 20-7 in their last 27 games on home ice and are 5-1 in their last six overall and according to the odds makers they are a slight favourite to even this series with a bounce back effort on Saturday night.
The Sharks are 2-5 in their last seven overall and 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games while the Ducks are 7-1 in their last eight following a home loss and are 5-1 in their last six against the West. San Jose was perfect in game one but I like Anaheim to even things out here and send this series to the Tank after earning a much needed victory.