Vancouver Canucks (22-29-6) at San Jose Sharks (30-19-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 15, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Vancouver Canucks --- Over/Under:
The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks meet Thursday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Vancouver Canucks need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 26 goals, Henrik Sedin has 34 assists and Thomas Vanek has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 111 goals on 1,230 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 53 goals on 548 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The San Jose Sharks need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 23 goals, Brent Burns has 39 assists and Joe Thornton has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 54 goals on 648 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 93 goals on 1,059 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Canucks are 26-53 in their last 79 road games, 13-38 in their last 51 Thursday games and 29-60 in their last 89 overall. The Sharks are 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 9-2 in their last 11 vs. Pacific. The Canucks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in San Jose, 7-22 in the last 29 meetings and the road team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks are falling apart right now thanks to a defense that's getting blasted night in and night out recently. Playing on the end of a back to back likely isn't going to help the Canucks here. The San Jose Sharks have had their hiccups as well lately, but they do have a rest advantage and have owned the Canucks for the most part over the years. I'll take the San Jose Sharks on their home ice in this spot.