Anaheim Ducks (44-29-13) at San Jose Sharks (51-30-11)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 3, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -182 / Anaheim Ducks +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks kick off their NHL seasons in San Jose on Wednesday night in a Pacific division show down.
The Ducks head into the regular season with a veteran group looking to make perhaps one final push deep into the Western Conference playoffs, but they begin the season on the road against a San Jose side that was excellent a season ago and added one of the league’s best players to their roster in Erik Karlsson. The Ducks are still led by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry but the latter is coming off one of his worst seasons as a professional and he will need a significant bounce back if this Ducks team is going to make a push for the Stanley Cup. Anaheim’s bread and butter will be their defense as they have one of the best units in the league and they will be tested right away against a San Jose side that is loaded with talent across the board and will be among the league’s top power play units.
The Sharks are one of the favourites to represent the West in the Stanley Cup this season as they added Karlsson to a back end that already has Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns to go alongside a forward group led by Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton. San Jose will need another serviceable campaign out of Martin Jones and in his first season as a starter he was very good for a Sharks side that ran into a ridiculously hot Vegas team in the playoffs otherwise they could very well have made it to the Cup final. San Jose has dominated this season with a 6-0 mark in their last six games against the Ducks and they will look to send their fans home happy with a season opening victory against their division and in-state rivals.
The Ducks are 3-7 in their last 10 road games and have played to the under in 11 of their last 14 road games while the Sharks are 22-7 in their last 29 against Pacific division opponents and are 13-6 in their last 19 home games. Anaheim is a juicy underdog here but I just don’t see them getting the win, but the better play is on the total as these teams always cash the under when they face off.