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Sharks vs. Canucks - 12/30/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks (20-11-3) at San Jose Sharks (19-12-5)
Date & Time Tuesday December 30, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Jose Sharks -135 / Vancouver Canucks +122 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
RSNP, CSNCAL
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NHL | Vancouver Canucks (20-11-3) at San Jose Sharks (19-12-5)
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The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks play Tuesday night at the SAP Center.

The Vancouver Canucks have lost six of their last eight games and wrap up a two-game road trip. The Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Vancouver Canucks have four power play goals in their last nine games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Radim Vrbata leads Vancouver with 13 goals, Daniel Sedin has 22 assists and Nick Bonino has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Ryan Miller has allowed 63 goals on 679 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 25 goals on 297 shots.

The San Jose Sharks have split their last four games and are in the thick of the Pacific. The Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The San Jose Sharks have three power play goals in their last four games and have won six straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 17 goals, Joe Thornton has 23 assists and Logan Couture has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Alex Stalock has allowed 17 goals on 229 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 65 goals on 775 shots.

The Canucks are 12-4 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Sharks are 11-0 in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest and 56-22 in their last 78 home games. The Canucks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose and 2-10 in the last 12 meetings overall.

You see the San Jose Sharks record when they have at least two days off? Yeah, I'll have some of that. Add that to the fact the Cancuks have had very little success against the Sharks over the years, and this game should result in a San Jose victory. 

Pick:
San Jose Sharks -135

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