Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Saturday February 16, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
San Jose, CA
San Jose Sharks -245 / Vancouver Canucks +200 -- Over/Under: 6.5
CBC, Sportsnet, NBCS-California
The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Saturday night.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to build on a 4-3 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. Elias Pettersson opened the scoring for Vancouver, but the Kings would respond off of the ensuing face-off, scoring just :08 later, giving us a 1-1 tie after the first. Brock Boeser made it 2-1 Vancouver before the Kings responded again, this time 2:48 later to make it 2-2 heading to the final period. L.A. took the lead and the Kings almost held on before Adam Gaudette tied the game late in the 3rd for the Canucks to send us to some free hockey. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Pettersson and Boeser scored for Vancouver while Los Angeles found the net just once, giving the Canucks the win and the extra point. Jacob Markstrom got the win to improve to 22-16-6 after stopping 35 of the 38 shots faced in regulation and overtime.
The San Jose Sharks will look to rebound after a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in their last outing. Kevin Labanc opened the scoring for the Sharks just 2:06 into the game, but unfortunately for San Jose, that was all the scoring the Sharks would do. Washington would tie the game just 1:32 later and take the lead for good just after the midway point of the first period. The Capitals would add a pair of goals in the 2nd and an empty-netter in the 3rd period to seal the deal and send the Sharks’ fans home unhappy with the blowout loss. Martin Jones took the loss, falling to 27-11-4 after allowing 4 goals on 28 shots faced in the losing effort.
Vancouver is 20-42 in their last 62 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference. San Jose is 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 20-8 in their last 28 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 division games. Vancouver is 19-39 in the last 58 meetings between these two teams and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at San Jose.
The Canucks and the plus money is tempting considering how these young Canucks haven’t been afraid to go toe-to-toe with some of the big guns in the NHL and the Sharks have shown that they are mortal at home after all. However, I can only imagine that the loss to Washington fired up a Sharks squad that is much better than what we saw against the Capitals and I think San Jose comes out firing against a Vancouver team that they’ve owned at home over the last couple of seasons. And to negate the heavy juice, since 5 of San Jose’s last 6 wins at home against the Canucks have come by a couple of goals, I’ll side with San Jose on the puck line in this one in another big victory.