Ottawa Senators at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Saturday January 12, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
San Jose, CA
San Jose Sharks: -1.5 (-115) / San Jose Sharks -357 / Ottawa Senators +270 / Ottawa Senators: 1.5 (-108)
CBC, SN One, TVA
The Ottawa Senators and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center at San Jose on Saturday night.
The Ottawa Senators will be looking to build on back-to-back road wins after a 4-1 win over Los Angeles in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening frame before L.A. broke the deadlock just 3:47 into the 2nd period. That was all the scoring the Kings would do however as Bobby Ryan tied the game and Chris Tierney gave the Sens the lead just 1:41 apart to take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd where Christian Wolanin added to the lead to make it 3-1. Ottawa carried that lead for most of the 3rd before Tierney iced the win with his 2nd goal of the game on an empty net. Anders Nilsson got the win to improve to 5-10-1 this season after stopping 33 of 34 shots faced in the winning effort.
The San Jose Sharks will look to stay hot after pushing their winning streak to 5 games after a 3-2 win over Vegas in their last outing. Vegas opened the scoring just 1:34 into the game, taking the 1-0 lead into the 2nd before Tomas Hertl tied the game at 1-1 heading to the final frame. Vegas re-took the lead just 2:16 into the 3rd before Erik Karlsson tied the game and Joonas Donskoi gave the Sharks the lead with goals just :39 apart to help San Jose go ahead 3-2. The Sharks would hold onto that lead and close the door despite being outshot 38-27 in the winning effort. Martin Jones got the win to improve his record to 20-8-4 after stopping 36 of the 38 shots he faced in the winning effort.
Ottawa is 2-8 in their last 10 games overall and 14-43 in their last 57 road games while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games against the Pacific division. San Jose is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 home games while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against the Eastern Conference. Ottawa is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
Ottawa and the plus money is worth a look considering how much success the Sens have had in this matchup and the fact that Ottawa has found some life on the road in winning back-to-back games. However, I need to see more than an overtime win over an Anaheim team that has lost 9 in a row and a win over an L.A. team that has been pretty bad for most of the season. San Jose is rolling right now and has to be feeling good after rolling into Vegas and stealing a win given how well the Golden Knights have played at home in their brief existence as an NHL franchise. Plus, you have to think that the Sharks will rally around Erik Karlsson and want to help him stick it to his former team. I’ll take the Sharks here and to try to negate some of the heavy juice, I’ll back the Sharks on the puck line to keep their run going.