Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/2/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins

Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM (PPG Paints Arena)

PIT -190, O/U 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks head to Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday for a game against the Penguins in a matchup of teams from the Eastern and Western Conference.  In their last game, the Sharks were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings by the score of 2-0.  The Sharks put 34 shots on net against the Red Wings but were never able to get one past Jonathan Bernier.  Martin Jones recorded the loss in net for the Sharks as he allowed 2 goals on 23 of the Red Wings shots on the night. 

After the loss against Detroit, San Jose is now 17-21-3 on the season and are currently in 7th place in the Pacific Division.  Logan Couture has been the leader offensively for the Sharks all season as he leads the team in points with 33.  Tomas Hertl leads San Jose in goals with 14, with 2 coming on the power play.  San Jose is led in assists by Erik Karlsson who has recorded 24 on the season.  Goalie Martin Jones has a record of 13-15-1 with a goals against average of 3.13.  The Sharks other goalie is Aaron Dell who has a record of 4-6-2 with a goals against average of 3.15.  San Jose comes into Thursday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Melker Karlsson is listed as out. 

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The Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the San Jose Sharks to town on Thursday night after winning their last game by the score of 5-2 against the Ottawa Sentors.  Pittsburgh received goals from Jake Guentzel, Patric Hornqvist, Dominik Simon and 2 goals from Evgeni Malkin.  Pittsburgh goalie Tristian Jarry recorded the win in net, making saves on 24 of 26 Ottawa shots on the night. 

On the year, the Penguins are 24-11-4 and are currently in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division. Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins in points with 43 and goals with 20 so far this season.  Evgeni Malkin leads the Penguins in assists on the year with 27.  Pittsburgh has received strong goaltending on the season from both Matt Murray and back up, Tristian Jarry.  On the year, Murray is 11-6-4 with 1 shutout and a 2.96 goals against average, while Jarry is 13-5-0 with 3 shutouts and a 1.88 goals against average. The Penguins currently have 3 players listed on their injury report as Sidney Crosby is on injured reserve while Justin Schultz and Jake Guentzel are listed as out. 

The San Jose Sharks have scored 2.61 goals per game on the season while allowing 3.37 goals per game.  The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored 3.44 goals per game on the year while allowing 2.67 goals per game.  The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 games while the Penguins are 4-1 and have won 3 games in a row.  The total has gone under in 4 of San Jose's last 6 games.  The total has gone over in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games.  The Penguins are 9-1 in their last 10 games at home and are 16-4-2 at home on the season.  I am going with Pittsburgh in this one as the Sharks have been the mess all season and the Penguins are playing extremely well.  Pittsburgh wins this one 5-2. 

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Travis’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -190 (ML)

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