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San Jose Sharks vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes (15-18-2) at San Jose Sharks (19-12-6)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Jose Sharks -250 / Arizona Coyotes +205 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Arizona Coyotes and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Sunday evening.

The Arizona Coyotes will look to build some momentum after a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche in their last outing. Richard Panik opened the scoring for the Coyotes but Colorado would tie the game with less than two minutes to play in the first period. Derek Stepan would re-take the lead for Arizona, giving us a 2-1 score after 20 minutes of play. Christian Fischer and Conor Garland each buried in the first 8:28 of the 2nd period, giving the ‘Yotes a 4-1 lead after the 2nd frame. Colorado would battle all the way back to tie the game at 4-4 before Brad Richardson gave Arizona the lead for good and would add a 2nd goal, this one on an empty net, to secure the victory for Arizona. Adin Hill got the win to improve to 6-3-0 this season after stopping 23 of 27 shots faced in the winning effort.

The San Jose Sharks will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. Los Angeles opened the scoring early in the 1st period, taking a 1-0 lead into the opening intermission. The game would stay that way until the 3rd period where Los Angeles opened up a 2-0 advantage before Lukas Radil and Joe Pavelski tied the game for the Sharks, sending us to some free hockey where Ilya Kovalchuk potted his 2nd of the game at the midway point of the overtime period to give the Kigns the win and send the Sharks back with just one point to show for their efforts. Martin Jones took the loss, falling to 14-8-4 this season after allowing 3 goals on 31 shots in the losing effort.

Arizona is 2-7 in their last 9 games overall and 35-82 in their last 117 road games while the under is 16-4-1 in their last 21 Sunday games. San Jose is 27-12 in their last 39 division games and 40-19 in their last 59 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 17-8-4 in their last 29 Sunday games. Arizona is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 9-23 in the last 32 meetings between the two teams in San Jose.

The Coyotes gave a lot of people a scare after letting the Avs come back in that game before securing a win in the end, but the fact still remains that the Coyotes are a tough team to back on the road. On the flipside, the loss to the Kings is a prime example of why I didn’t want to lay heavy juice with the Sharks on Saturday, and I’m surely not going to do it here, even with the amount of success the Sharks have enjoyed in this matchup. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as it’s been a common occurrence when these two lock up, hitting in 33 of the last 52 meetings and in 20 of the last 31 meetings in San Jose.

Under 5.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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