Vancouver Canucks (26-29-7) at San Jose Sharks (37-18-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 2, 2017, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -250 / Vancouver Canucks +222 --- Over/Under: 5
The San Jose Sharks welcome Pacific rival the Vancouver Canucks to the SAP Center for Thursday night NHL hockey action.
The Detroit Red Wings are still clinging to the hopes that the playoffs are still a possibility although it’s a long shot. The Red Wings did what they needed to do Tuesday and that’s pick up an all important two points in a 3-2, overtime victory at the Vancouver Canucks. Justin Abdelkader tallied in the extra session on the power play to get the win with Frans Nlsen score twice in the first period to lift Petr Mrazek and his 25 stops to the win. The shorthanded Canucks hung tough despite being ravaged by the Mumps with up to 5-7 players showing signs of illness. The Canucks scoring came from Reid Boucher and Makus Granlund with Ryan Miller making 25 stops in defeat.
The San Jose Sharks need to keep winning to fend off Edmonton in the Pacific Division and they did just that with some late offense and solid defense in a 3-1 victory versus the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. The Sharks received their offense from Tomas Hertl, Brenden Dillon and Joe Pavelski on an empty netter to help Martin Jones to a win with his 20 stops which has San Jose five points up on the Oilers in the Pacific. The high powered offense of the Maple Leafs lone goal came off the stick of rookie sensation Auston Matthews but Frederick Andersen needed more help with a 34 save performance going for net.
The over is 1-0-3 in Canucks last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and the Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and the under is 1-0-3 in Canucks last 4 overall. The under is 3-0-3 in Sharks last 6 vs. Western Conference and the under is 2-0-2 in Sharks last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 10-2-14 in Sharks last 26 vs. Pacific. The Canucks are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in San Jose and the over is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings while the road team is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings.
The trends favor the Canucks but I believe San Jose has an edge which is how I lean until I see who is in the nets…