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Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose Sharks (17-11-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (10-18-6)
Date & Time Sunday December 16, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +145 / San Jose Sharks -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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Sunday NHL action pits the Chicago Blackhawks against the San Jose Sharks.

The San Jose Sharks are second in the Pacific thanks to wins in five of six after downing visiting Dallas 3-2 on Thursday. The Stars received a second period goal from Radek Faksa and Miro Heiskanen in the third. Anton Khudobin absorbed the loss for Dallas with three goals allowed on 24 shots to fall to 6-6-1.

Timo Meier scored in the second for the Sharks first goal with and once again in the third with Joe Thornton also lighting the lamp. Logan Couture posted a pair of assists and Martin Jones recorded 20 saves to get the win for San Jose.

The Chicago Blackhawks snapped an eight game slump with a win versus Pittsburgh Wednesday but couldn’t keep the momentum going with a 4-3 OT loss to visiting Winnipeg on Friday. Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Blackhawks with Erik Gustafsson also lighting the lamp. Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad added two helpers each while Corey Crawford allowed three goals on 38 shots for Chicago.

The Jets received regulation goals from Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Mathieu Perrault before Scheifele scored his second in OT. Blake Wheeler added three assists and Laurent Brossoit recorded 34 stops to get the win for Winnipeg.

Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 overall and under is 4-1 in Sharks last 5 vs. Central and under is 4-1 in Sharks last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Over is 4-0 in Blackhawks last 4 vs. Western Conference and over is 4-0-1 in Blackhawks last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 4-0 in Blackhawks last 4 Sunday games. Sharks are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings in Chicago and home team is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings and Sharks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. 

I think Chicago has a shot here but the numbers don’t say that. The numbers do say that offense has been the name of the game when the Blackhawks take the ice…

Pick:
over 5.5 // will update

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