San Jose Sharks at Washington Capitals
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Capital One Arena
The Line: San Jose Sharks +116 / Washington Capitals -139 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The San Jose Sharks could use a win that would snap a three-game losing streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 26 goals, Brent Burns has 43 assists and Logan Couture has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 46 goals on 423 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 99 goals on 985 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed a combined 17 goals in their last three games.
The Washington Capitals could use a victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 33 goals, John Carlson has 37 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 52 goals on 536 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 90 goals on 993 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed a combined 17 goals in their last three games.
The Sharks are 40-17 in their last 57 Tuesday games, 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Capitals are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 120-57 in their last 177 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The Sharks are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Washington and 22-5 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Capitals last 8 home games. The over is 8-3-2 in Sharks last 13 overall.
The San Jose Sharks have had a lot of recent success against the Washington Capitals and they enter this game in much better form. The Washington Capitals have fallen off a cliff the last week or so and can't keep the puck out of the net to save their life at the moment. The problem is the Capitals are one of those teams that have earned the benefit of the doubt over the years, so it's likely only a matter of time before they snap out of this funk. The San Jose Sharks are on the end of a back to back and didn't look good last night against the Florida Panthers. Despite the history between these clubs, I'll take the Capitals and the cheap price at home.