San Jose Sharks (12-10-5) at Montreal Canadiens (12-9-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 2, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +123 / San Jose Sharks -159 --- Over/Under: 6
The San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens meet Sunday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The San Jose Sharks could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 16 goals, Brent Burns has 23 assists and Logan Couture has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 85.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 26 goals on 272 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 51 goals on 471 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Montreal Canadiens could also use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Domi leads Montreal with 11 goals, Jeff Petry has 15 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 56 goals on 545 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 26 goals on 243 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-6 in their last 6 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings. The over is 13-6 in Sharks last 19 overall. The under is 7-1-2 in Canadiens last 10 Sunday games.
The San Jose Sharks have owned the Montreal Canadiens over the years, but they've also been trash during this losing streak, haven't had success on the end of back to backs and can't win on the road. The Montreal Canadiens have improved defensively despite their struggles, and at least they're at home when playing on the end of a back to back as well. So, I see value in the Montreal Canadiens at home and will give them the edge in this matchup.