Montreal Canadiens at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Thursday March 7, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)|
25 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA
San Jose Sharks -177; O/U: 6
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The Montreal Canadiens continue their Western road trip as they face off against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in a showdown between two likely playoff teams.
The Canadiens are coming off a huge 3-1 win on the road against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Tuesday night and will look to continue their success against one of the league’s best teams in San Jose on Thursday. The Habs have taken the league by storm this season as many expected them to be well out of the playoff picture but the play of guys like Max Domi, Jonathan Drouin, and the like have sped up the rebuild and Montreal could very well find themselves in the playoffs this season. Montreal has struggled against the Sharks though, especially when playing in San Jose as they are winless in 11 straight trips to California and are 5-17 in their last 22 games against the Sharks overall. Carey Price will look to change that as he will get the nod here against Martin Jones who remains a mainstay in the San Jose crease.
The Sharks are one of the league’s best teams and they are favored as such against the Canadiens on Thursday night as they look to move to 10-2 in their last 12 contests as a home favorite. San Jose added Erik Karlsson to an already star studded lineup and while he hasn’t had the season many were expecting he will be a huge part of the playoff push for San Jose who are among a handful of teams in the running for the Stanley Cup. San Jose is 35-17 in their last 52 home games and are 20-8 in their last 28 games overall but they have struggled against Atlantic division opponents as they are just 1-4 in their last 5 contests.
The Habs are 7-0 in their last 7 contests against Pacific division opponents and have hit the Under in 20 of their last 26 against the Western Conference while the Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win and have hit the Under in 11 of their last 15 meetings with the Canadiens. Both teams know this is an important game and it should be tightly contested and with both goalies playing well this season expect a low scoring affair that comes in under the number.