San Jose Sharks (43-23-9) at Chicago Blackhawks (31-36-9)
|Date & Time||Monday March 26, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under:
CSNCAL, CSNC, TSN
The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks meet Monday in NHL action at the United Center.
The San Jose Sharks look for another big victory to build on their impressive seven-game winning streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 31 goals, Brent Burns has 49 assists and Joe Pavelski has 202 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 64 goals on 739 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 125 goals on 1,533 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 14 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since the end of February. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 26 goals, Duncan Keith has 30 assists and Jonathan Toews has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 82 goals on 883 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed five or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Sharks are 6-14 in their last 20 vs. Central, 8-0 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 7-0 in their last 7 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-11 in their last 12 Monday games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The Sharks are 2-10 in the last 12 meetings in Chicago, the home team is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The San Jose Sharks are one of the hotter teams in the league right now and aren't a squad I'm trying to step in front of at the moment. The Chicago Blackhawks have been fade material for much of the season and a win over the brutal Islanders doesn't move the needle. The Blackhawks continued to get destroyed on the defensive end and haven't won two straight games yet this month. I'll keep riding the hot hand and back the Sharks on the road.