San Jose Sharks (32-17-2) at Vancouver Canucks (23-21-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 2, 2017, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +130 / San Jose Sharks -150 --- Over/Under: 5
The San Jose Sharks shoot for a road win at the Vancouver Canucks in NHL hockey action.
The San Jose Sharks appear to be making a run for positioning in the postseason and picked up a valuable two points in a 3-1 victory versus the visiting Blackhawks on Tuesday. Thomas Hertl was the Sharks offensive star with his go ahead goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation with Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski also lighting the lamp to make a winner of Martin Jones and his 24 stops. The surging Sharks have now won seven of eight. The Chicago Blackhawks never got their offense going which left their defense and goaltending on their own. Dennis Rasmussen scored the lone Chicago goal and Corey Crawford made 26 stops in defeat as the Hawks have dropped three in a row.
The Vancouver Canucks entered the All Star break exactly how they didn’t want to in a 3-0 loss at the Gila River Arena where they began slow and never got going. The Canucks did not record a shot in the opening 20 minutes and when they did, they never found the back of the net which meant their defense and goaltending were left on their lonesome. Ryan Miller took the loss despite a strong performance with 28 saves. The Coyotes offense came from Alexander Burmistrov, Lawson Crouse and Tobias Rieder on an empty netter. That was more then enough support for Arizona netminder Mike Smith who brushed aside 31 shots for his first shutout of the season.
The over is 1-0-4 in Sharks last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and the Sharks are 7-0 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record while the over is 5-0-5 in Sharks last 10 road games. The over is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and the under is 7-1-4 in Canucks last 12 vs. Pacific while the Canucks are 7-1 in their last 8 home games. The Sharks are 11-1 in the last 12 meetings in Vancouver and the road team is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings while the Sharks are 15-6 in the last 21 meetings.
The trends favor San Jose in this match up and even though the Sharks are hot, I need to see goalies…