Anaheim Ducks (19-14-5) at San Jose Sharks (19-12-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 27, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -172 / Anaheim Ducks +147 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Thursday night.
The Anaheim Ducks will look to snap a 3-game losing streak after suffering a 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in their last outing. The Sabres took a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission and the game would stay that way until just after the midway point of the final frame where Buffalo potted a pair of goals, including one on an empty net to send the Sharks home empty-handed in the losing effort. John Gibson took the loss, falling to 15-11-4 after giving up a pair of goals on 32 shots in the losing effort.
The San Jose Sharks will also be out to snap a 3-game losing skid after a 4-3 loss to Arizona in their last outing. Tim Heed gave San Jose the opening goal of the game but the lead lasted just :20 before the Coyotes tied the game by the end of the period. Arizona took the lead after 40 minutes of play before Tomas Hertl tied the game in the opening minutes of the 3rd period. Arizona re-took the lead before Hertl scored his 2nd of the period to send the game to extra hockey, where overtime solved nothing, leading to a shootout. Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture missed their respective shootout attempts while Arizona scored their first attempt to send the Sharks back with a loss. Aaron Dell took the loss, falling to 5-4-3 after allowing 3 goals on 26 shots in the losing effort.
Anaheim is 9-4 in their last 13 games overall and 4-12 in their last 16 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 22-8-1 in their last 31 division games. San Jose is 27-12 in their last 39 division games and 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games. Anaheim is 5-12 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in San Jose and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams overall.
The Ducks have had little success in this matchup, both overall and in San Jose, so the plus money doesn’t hold a ton of weight, but the Sharks haven’t really played well in their own right over the last week heading into the Christmas break. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Both teams have had issues keeping the puck out of the net and the over has hit in 3 of the last 5 meetings between these two teams.