Winnipeg Jets (22-10-2) at San Jose Sharks (19-11-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 20, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -135 / Winnipeg Jets +110 --- Over/Under: 6
The Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks meet Thursday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Winnipeg Jets look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 30 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 23 goals, Blake Wheeler has 39 assists and Mark Scheifele has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 73 goals on 795 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 21 goals on 302 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or more goals in each of their last five games.
The San Jose Sharks look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 21 goals, Brent Burns has 30 assists and Logan Couture has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 85.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up 68 goals on 684 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed 29 goals on 308 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in each of their last eight games.
The Jets are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference, 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sharks are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Jose. The over is 12-3-1 in Jets last 16 overall. The under is 4-1 in Sharks last 5 vs. Central.
Both teams are playing well, but it's the Sharks who should have the edge on their home ice. The Sharks have won six of the last eight meetings against the Jets and are playing some of their best and most consistent defense of the season during this winning streak. The Jets have played a ton of hockey recently with three overtime games in their last four tries, and that tends to wear down a team, especially on the road. I'll take the Sharks and the reasonable price.