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San Jose Sharks vs. Washington Capitals - 2/14/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
SAP Center
San Jose, CA
The Line
San Jose Sharks -157 / Washington Capitals +128 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NBCS-Washington, NBCS-California
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NHL | Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks
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The Washington Capitals and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Thursday night.

The Washington Capitals will look to rebound after suffering a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period before Columbus broke the deadlock early in the 2nd. Washington would try to respond but it would be difficult with only 7 shots on goal through 40 minutes of play. The Capitals would outshoot the Blue Jackets 13-8 in the 3rd, but would fail to find the back of the net while Columbus added another pair of goals, including an empty-netter to seal the deal and send Washington back empty-handed. Braden Holtby took the loss, falling to 19-14-4 after allowing 2 goals on 31 shots faced in the losing effort.

The San Jose Sharks will look to stay hot after extending their current winning streak to 6 games following a 7-2 beatdown of Vancouver in their last outing. Timo Meier and Evander Kane scored 2:18 apart to stake the Sharks a 2-0 lead within the first 3:22 of the game. Melker Karlsson made it 3-0 before the Canucks got on the board in the dying seconds of the opening period. Kane scored his 2nd of the game, followed by goals from Tomas Hertl and Kevin Labanc in a 3-goal 2nd period to take a 6-1 lead into the final frame where Vancouver pulled one back but was quickly responded to by Joe Pavelski to make it 7 and seal the win for the Sharks. Martin Jones got the win to improve to 27-10-4 after stopping 25 of 27 shots faced in the winning effort.

Washington is 4-10 in their last 14 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 road games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the Pacific division. San Jose is 20-7 in their last 27 games overall and 40-19 in their last 59 home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Metropolitan division. Washington is 5-21 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 3-9 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in San Jose.

Plus money with the defending champions is always an interesting proposition, but the fact is that Washington hasn’t been playing very well as of late both overall and on the road. San Jose has been hard to beat at home this season, and have flat out owned the Capitals over the years, winning 21 of the last 26 matchups and 9 of the last 12 at the SAP Center. I’ll lay the juice with the Sharks here to keep their hot streak going.

Pick:
San Jose -157

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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