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Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks Prediction 3-14-24 Picks

San Jose Sharks (16-41-7) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (28-27-9)
March 14, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -222 / San Jose Sharks +175; Over/Under: +6
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The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins prediction.

San Jose Sharks Team Preview

The San Jose Sharks come into this game looking to rebound from a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last time out. Mikael Granlund leads the Sharks in scoring with 403 points including a team-high 31 assists while William Eklund has 30 points with 20 assists and Fabian Zetterlund has 30 points with a team-high 16 goals. MacKenzie Blackwood’s gone 9-18-3 between the pipes for the Sharks this season, posting a 3.48 GAA and an .899 save percentage while Magnus Chrona is 1-3-1 with a 4.30 GAA and an .879 save percentage this season.

San Jose Sharks Team Facts

  • The Sharks have lost each of their last nine night games.
  • The Sharks have covered the puck line in each of their last seven night games following a road loss.
  • The Sharks have lost the third period in each of their last five night games.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 2′ market has hit in each of the Sharks’ last eight games.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after a 2-1 OT loss to the Senators in their last game. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 64 points including a team-high 32 goals. Evgeni Malkin has 49 points with 18 goals and 31 assists while Erik Karlsson’s added 44 points with 36 assists and Kris Letang has 38 points of his own with 30 assists this season. Tristan Jarry has gone 18-21-5 with a 2.69 GAA and a .909 save percentage while Alex Nedeljkovic has a 9-6-4 record with a 2.98 GAA and a .903 save percentage this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Facts

  • The Penguins have lost five of their last six games as home favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Penguins have failed to cover the puck line in 10 of their last 11 games as home favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The favorites have won the third period in five of the Penguins’ last six games at PPG Paints Arena.
  • The ‘Over 2.5 Goals Period 1’ market has hit in each of the last four games between the Sharks and Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

Sharks vs. Penguins Prediction

I’m on the Sharks +1.5 here. I just can’t trust the Sharks on the money line, but even if this is a winnable spot, in no way am I investing my hard earned money in a Penguins team that’s giving up goals in bunches and can’t find the back of the net on the other end. It’s all upside down for the Penguins right now and in an ugly spot like this, might as well try to make some coin with the underdog. Sprinkle on the ML if you want, but I’ll take the Sharks +1.5 here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: San Jose +1.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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