San Jose Sharks (20-14-5) at Winnipeg Jets (20-12-7)
|Date & Time||Monday January 5, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -115 / San Jose Sharks +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets square off Monday night at the MTS Centre.
The San Jose Sharks have lost four of their last five games and begin a three-game road trip. The Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The San Jose Sharks have one power play goal in their last four games and have won seven straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 20 goals, Joe Thornton has 24 assists and Logan Couture has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in eight of their last 10 games. Alex Stalock has allowed 21 goals on 256 shots faced and Antti Niemi has given up 71 goals on 830 shots. The San Jose Sharks have lost three of their last four road games.
The Winnipeg Jets have won five of their last eight games and are climbing up in the Central. The Jets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Winnipeg Jets have four power play goals in their last three games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Bryan Little leads Winnipeg with 15 goals, Blake Wheeler has 18 assists and Andrew Ladd has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Jets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Michael Hutchinson has allowed 26 goals on 415 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has given up 60 goals on 674 shots.
The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Jets are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Sharks are 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Winnipeg and 12-4-2 in the last 18 meetings overall.
The San Jose Sharks have to start stringing together some wins before things get out of hand and it's probably best to start that against a Jet team they've beaten up many times in the past. I like the value of the plus money here.