San Jose Sharks (45-27-10) at Anaheim Ducks (44-25-13)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 12, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
|Location||Unknown Location Unknown Address|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -144 / San Jose Sharks +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks meet Thursday in game one of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the Honda Center.
The San Jose Sharks hope to turn things around after finishing the regular season losing five of their last six games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 34 goals, Brent Burns has 55 assists and Joe Pavelski has 224 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. Aaron Dell has given up 67 goals on 775 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 145 goals on 1,699 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Anaheim Ducks are riding a five-game winning streak and hope that momentum can lead to a 1-0 series lead. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 34 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 50 assists and Corey Perry has 168 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 139 goals on 1,872 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 53 goals on 739 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Ducks are 54-26 in their last 80 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 42-19-9 in the last 70 meetings.
The San Jose Sharks didn't finish the season strong and are having issues on the defensive end, two things that don't send off positive vibes for this club. The Anaheim Ducks finished the regular season as one of the hotter teams in the league and have consistently been a tough team to play at home, as they've lost just five home games since December 11. The Sharks have won four of the last six meetings against the Ducks, so I guess there's some value from a history standpoint, but there's too much going on for Anaheim to fade, especially with a rather cheap price.