San Jose Sharks (44-23-10) at Nashville Predators (49-16-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 29, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -160 / San Jose Sharks +144 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The San Jose Sharks look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. 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 51 assists and Joe Pavelski has 209 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 67 goals on 771 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 128 goals on 1,564 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Nashville Predators also hope to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville with 28 goals, P.K. Subban has 39 assists and Filip Forsberg has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 125 goals on 1,755 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 52 goals on 691 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 14 games.
The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 7-15 in their last 22 vs. Central and 8-1 in their last 9 overall. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games, 43-17 in their last 60 home games and 44-20 in their last 64 overall. The Sharks are 1-11 in the last 12 meetings in Nashville, the home team is 47-19 in the last 66 meetings and the over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville.
Both of these teams are playing red hot hockey, and the San Jose Sharks are worth a look given the big plus money. However, the Nashville Predators don't lose often at home, and the home team has downright owned this series over the years. I'll give the edge to the Predators because they're at home.