Tampa Bay Lightning (11-2-2) at San Jose Sharks (8-5-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 8, 2017, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -115 / Tampa Bay Lightning +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks meet up in California on Wednesday night in a show down of two teams off to a fast start this season.
The Bolts head into San Jose with an impressive 11-2 record to start the season and are looking like the team many expected to see as a contender in the Eastern Conference, and while we are still early in the year this would be a nice confidence booster to get a road win against a Sharks side that has five of their victories at home this season. Tampa is loaded at both ends of the ice as they have a balance of superstar talent and key role players both offensively and defensively and have a young goaltender in Andrei Vasilevskiy who is quickly becoming one of the league’s best and will be leaned on heavily this season. The Russian netminder is expected to get the start here as he will likely face off against Martin Jones who has been a very nice option for the Sharks since he made the move from Los Angeles a few seasons ago.
The Sharks head into tonight’s game as winners of their last four and are heating up at the right time as they have wiped out a sluggish start and are looking like a group capable of another playoff run this season. San Jose has dominated Atlantic division foes as they are 6-1 in their last seven games and are 10-4 in their last 14 against the Eastern Conference but this is a Tampa side that matches up well with the Sharks as the visitors have more depth in the offensive zone and a blue line capable of sticking with San Jose’s top six.
The Lightning are 4-0 in their last four against a team with a winning record and 9-4 in their last 13 following a win while the Sharks are 5-0 in their last five on three day’s rest and have played to the under in their last six. This should be an exciting contest and while there is fire power here I think goaltending and defense take the day as this one stays under.