New Jersey Devils (10-12-5) at San Jose Sharks (15-11-5)
|Date & Time||Monday December 10, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -185 / New Jersey Devils +160 --- Over/Under: 6
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The New Jersey Devils look to shake off a tough road loss in Anaheim last night as they head into San Jose to battle the Sharks on Monday night.
The Devils were a playoff team a season ago and rode the MVP play of Taylor Hall to a very successful campaign which led to huge expectations for this group heading into this season as many saw them as a dark horse in the Eastern Conference. However, the Devils have had a tough start to the season and need to find a way to turn things around in a hurry if they’re going to compete with some of the league’s top teams. The Devils are expected to send Keith Kinkaid to the crease in this one as he will face off against Martin Jones who is out to turn his season around as well as the Sharks have followed a similar script to the Devils so far. The Devils 1-4 in their last 5 meetings against the Sharks but the road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two sides overall.
The Sharks meanwhile have struggled out of the gate and are one of the league’s biggest underachievers as they were pegged as the Cup favourite after they landed Erik Karlsson in the offseason. However, the Sharks have plenty of time to play their way back into top spot in the Pacific division as nobody has really seized top spot and things look completely wide open and with the talent they have across the board they are bound to regroup soon. The Sharks are 7-2 in their last 9 home games but are a modest 3-7 in their last 10 games against the Eastern Conference and have played to the Over in 4 of their last 5 games against the Metro division.
The Devils are 1-6 in their last 7 overall and 5-2 in their last 7 against the Pacific division while the Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 meetings against New Jersey and have played to the Over in 4 of their last 5 Monday games. New Jersey is coming off a tough shootout loss last night but things don’t get better here as the Sharks take out some frustrations with a convincing win.