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San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 4/18/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks (44-28-13) at San Jose Sharks (48-27-10)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

The Line: San Jose Sharks -175 / Anaheim Ducks +130 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNCAL, GOLF

The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks meet Wednesday in game four of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the SAP Center. 

The Anaheim Ducks hope to prevent a sweep here while forcing a game five on Friday. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Hampus Lindholm leads Anaheim with one goal, Ryan Getzlaf has two assists and Brandon Montour has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 11 goals on 93 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed three goals on 12 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.

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San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 4/18/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks hope to complete the sweep and get some rest before the western conference semifinals begin. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with three goals, Joe Pavelski has four assists and Logan Couture has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has allowed three goals on 101 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed two or less goals in six of their last 12 games.

The Ducks are 17-5 in their last 22 Wednesday games, 12-5 in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest and 36-16 in their last 52 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 21-6 in their last 27 vs. Pacific. The Ducks are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in San Jose, 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Anaheim Ducks have been simply outplayed in all three games this series, being outscored by a combined 14-3. In the last meeting when the Sharks scored four goals in the second period, it looked like the will of the Ducks had been broken and this team is ready to throw in the white towel on the series. The San Jose Sharks are an experienced team that knows it has to close out a series when it has a chance, as you don't give new life to a team on the brink of elimination. They should have learned that lesson against the Los Angeles Kings a few year ago. Give me the Sharks for the swep.

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