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Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/31/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose Sharks (21-12-7) at Calgary Flames (23-12-4)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Calgary Flames -130 / San Jose Sharks +105 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NSCA, RSN1
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The San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames meet Monday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The San Jose Sharks look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 23 goals, Brent Burns has 33 assists and Logan Couture has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 32 goals on 334 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 81 goals on 792 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Calgary Flames could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 21 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 32 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 44 goals on 582 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 58 goals on 520 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Flames are 2-6 in their last 8 Monday games, 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Sharks are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Flames last 5 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Sharks last 5 overall.

The San Jose Sharks have not only played better hockey the last couple of weeks, but they've beaten the Calgary Flames in six straight meetings, which includes a 3-1 victory last month. In fact, the Sharks are outscoring the Flames 15-6 in the last three meetings and haven't lost to them since March of 2017. The Sharks and the plus money feels like the play here, even with the Flames likely snapping out of this funk sooner than later.

Pick:
San Jose Sharks +105

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