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Sharks vs. Maple Leafs - 1/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs (22-18-3) at San Jose Sharks (23-16-5)
Date & Time Thursday January 15, 2015, 10:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Jose Sharks -205 / Toronto Maple Leafs +184 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
TSNT, CSNCAL
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NHL | Toronto Maple Leafs (22-18-3) at San Jose Sharks (23-16-5)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks meet Thursday night at the SAP Center.

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to drop in the Atlantic as they’ve lost five of their last six games. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have scored two power play goals in their last five games and have won three of their last four games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk have combined for 38 goals, Cody Franson has 21 assists and Tyler Bozak has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven of their last nine games. James Reimer has allowed 49 goals on 501 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has given up 81 goals on 960 shots.

The San Jose Sharks are battling in the Pacific and have split their last eight games. The Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The San Jose Sharks have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won 10 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 22 goals,  Brent Burns has 24 assists and Logan Couture has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sharks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Alex Stalock has allowed 26 goals on 294 shots faced and Antti Niemi has given up 82 goals on 930 shots.

The Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 16-37 in their last 53 road games. The Sharks are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Maple Leafs are 1-4-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Jose and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Maple Leafs have been shutout in their last two games and have really been struggling during this losing stretch. For that reason, I'm going with the under in this matchup considering the spread has no value at all. 

Pick:
Under 5.5

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