San Jose Sharks (13-14-4) at Arizona Coyotes (14-14-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -120 / San Jose Sharks +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes meet Friday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The San Jose Sharks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 14 goals, Evander Kane has 15 assists and Timo Meier has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has allowed 54 goals on 569 shots and Devan Dubnyk has allowed 44 goals on 436 shots.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 10 goals, Conor Garland has 16 assists and Jakob Chychrun has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 42 goals on 488 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 33 goals on 379 shots.
The Sharks are 18-39 in their last 57 games as an underdog and 3-10 in their last 13 games following a win. The Coyotes are 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The under is 9-2-1 in Sharks last 12 Friday games. The over is 5-0 in Coyotes last 5 home games. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The San Jose Sharks have played the better hockey over the last couple of weeks, but they've been terrible in the underdog role dating back to last season. The Arizona Coyotes remain a tough team to get behind with the losses piling up and the offense not producing, but they have won four of their last five games in the favorite role. At home, I lean toward the Coyotes and the cheap price if forced to pick this contest. Hard to back the Sharks as underdogs, especially on the road.