New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (26-30-4) at New York Rangers (32-24-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -180 / San Jose Sharks +162 --- Over/Under: 6.5

TV: MSG, NSCA

The San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers meet Saturday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden. 

The San Jose Sharks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 21 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 77 goals on 843 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 102 goals on 958 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.

The New York Rangers look for another win after winning six of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 30 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 23 assists and Jacob Trouba has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 76 goals on 861 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in nine straight games.

The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 37-18 in their last 55 Saturday games. The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference, 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite. The under is 6-1 in Sharks last 7 road games. The under is 5-2 in Rangers last 7 overall. The Sharks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.

The San Jose Sharks have the rest advantage, but they're also a lousy defensive team that I have a hard time getting behind and a team I'm not trying to back on the road. The New York Rangers are a team I've mentioned to watch over a week ago, and they've caught absolute fire since. The Rangers are playing so well that I'll lay the juice here to avoid getting burned with the PL. 

Randy’s Pick New York Rangers -180

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.