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San Jose Sharks vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/30/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Flyers (20-13-4) at San Jose Sharks (22-12-1)
Date & Time Friday December 30, 2016, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Jose Sharks -165 / Philadelphia Flyers +149 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
CSN, CSNCAL
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NHL | Philadelphia Flyers (20-13-4) at San Jose Sharks (22-12-1)
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The Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks meet Friday night in NHL action at the SAP Center.

The Philadelphia Flyers look for a bounce back victory after losing four of their last five games. The Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with 17 goals, Jakub Voracek has 24 assists and Claude Giroux has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Steve Mason has given up 77 goals on 809 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 25 goals on 177 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed a combined 12 goals in their last three games.

The San Jose Sharks look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Sharks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brent Burns leads San Jose with 14 goals, Joe Pavelski has 21 assists and Logan Couture has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up 63 goals on 788 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed 10 goals on 135 shots. The San Jose Sharks have won 11 straight games when allowing two or less goals.

The Flyers are 8-1 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Sharks are 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 1-8-1 in the last 10 meetings in San Jose and 5-17-3 in the last 25 meetings overall.

The Philadelphia Flyers are struggling to get back on track and have been beat up on the defensive end during their last three games. Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks continue to find ways to win and have been downright lights out on their home ice. Add the Sharks dominance over the Flyers, and you have to like San Jose here.

Pick:
San Jose Sharks -1.5

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