Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

A pair of teams currently on losing streaks, the Arizona Coyotes and the San Jose Sharks meet at the SAP Center in a divisional showdown. The action will get started at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 13, and you can see the game live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks Odds

Losing -2.8 units for moneyline bettors, San Jose is 21-19 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That early-season winning percentage isn’t too far off from to the 46-36 record the team posted during last years regular season campaign. Out of the teams 40 regular season outings, 26 of them have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just one has pushed. The teams 12-8 SU at home this year.

The Sharks have connected on 22.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked third overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Sharks have been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.

Averaging 25.7 saves per game with a .914 save percentage, Martin Jones (13-15-5) has been the primary goalkeeper for San Jose this season. If the Sharks, however, decide to give him a breather, San Jose could turn to Aaron Dell (8-8-8 record, .926 save percentage, 2.27 goals against average).

Logan Couture and Brent Burns will each spearhead the attack for the Sharks. Couture (30 points) is up to 16 goals and 14 assists and has recorded two or more points in eight different games this year. Burns has seven goals and 23 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 22 contests.

Arizona is 10-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 20.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 44 regular season matches, 24 of its games have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team so far, the Coyotes are 5-18 SU.

The Coyotes have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.1 percent of all penalties.

Arizona’s skaters have been called for penalties only 3.1 times per game in total this season, and 1.6 per game over their past five outings. The teams had to defend opponent power plays just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Antti Raanta (.915 save percentage and 2.73 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta is averaging 25.4 saves per game and owns a 6-17-3 record.

Clayton Keller (14 goals, 19 assists) will pace the attack for the visiting Coyotes.

Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Two of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The total has gone under in three of San Jose’s last five outings.
  • Arizona has managed 28.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while San Jose is averaging 35.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • San Jose has allowed 2.6 goals per game overall this year, but has given up 4.3 goals per matchup on its three-game losing streak.
  • Over Arizona’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-5 in those games).
  • Arizona skaters have dished out the leagues fourth-most hits per game (24.1).