San Jose Sharks (14-11-5) at Arizona Coyotes (13-12-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 8, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +107 / San Jose Sharks -139 --- Over/Under:
The San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The San Jose Sharks could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 18 goals, Brent Burns has 25 assists and Logan Couture has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 26 goals on 272 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 58 goals on 579 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.
The Arizona Coyotes look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with eight goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 13 assists and Derek Stepan has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 90.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 29 goals on 338 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 33 goals on 351 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Sharks are 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games, 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 26-10 in their last 36 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 1-5 in their last 6 home games, 10-25 in their last 35 Saturday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Sharks last 10 road games. The over is 5-2 in Coyotes last 7 overall.
The San Jose Sharks continue their struggles on the road, which includes a loss last night to the Dallas Stars. The Sharks have now won just two road games since October 26. The Arizona Coyotes are enjoying some of their best stretch of hockey over the last week with wins in four of their last five games and it's about time some of those wins translate to their home ice. We're getting plus money with the rested home team against a team on the end of a back to back that can't win on the road. I'll take my chances with the Arizona Coyotes and the better value.