New Jersey Devils vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

New Jersey Devils vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks at New Jersey Devils

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Prudential Center)

San Jose Sharks at New Jersey Devils

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The San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils meet Thursday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The San Jose Sharks need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 21 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 77 goals on 843 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 102 goals on 958 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 22 goals, Nikita Gusev has 23 assists and P.K. Subban has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 44 goals on 360 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 108 goals on 1,243 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed one or less goals in three of their last seven games.

The Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road underdog, 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games. The Devils are 8-17 in their last 25 home games, 19-43 in their last 62 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 5-1 in Sharks last 6 road games. The over is 7-3 in Devils last 10 Thursday games. The Sharks are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in New Jersey and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The New Jersey Devils should have the advantage here considering they're at home and neither of these teams have been able to string together much success. However, home ice hasn't meant much to the Devils over the last month and some change. The San Jose Sharks have played some of their better hockey lately on the road, and they've won five of the last six meetings agains the Devils. Give me the Sharks and the cheap price. 

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Randy’s Pick San Jose Sharks -115

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.