Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Preview

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The SAP Center will be hosting a divisional tilt as the Anaheim Ducks take on the San Jose Sharks. NBC Sports California will showcase the matchup, which gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20.

Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks Odds

Losing 0.6 units for moneyline bettors, San Jose is 10-8 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That early-season winning percentage hasnt moved much from the 46-36 record the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 18 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone under the total, while four have gone over and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 6-6 SU at home. The Sharks have converted on just 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark thats ranked 30th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked second overall, and theyve successfully killed off 88.9 percent of all penalties. As a collective unit, the Sharks have been whistled for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five home outings. With a .926 save percentage and 24.8 saves per game, Martin Jones (8-5) has been the top option in goal for San Jose this year. If the Sharks, however, decide to give him the evening off, the team might turn to Aaron Dell (2-5-5 record, .923 save percentage, 2.14 goals against average). Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl will each spearhead the attack for the Sharks. Couture (15 points) has tallied 10 goals and five assists and has recorded two or more points four times this year. Hertl has three goals and seven assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in seven contests. Anaheim is 9-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 19 regular season matches, 10 of its games have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and none have pushed. As an away team so far, the Ducks are 3-3 SU. The Ducks have converted on 17.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure thats right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fourth overall and its successfully killed off 85.4 percent of all penalties. Anaheims skaters have been called for penalties 5.1 times per game in total this season, and 4.3 per game over their past ten games. The teams had to defend opponent power plays 10.4 minutes per contest over their last five road games. John Gibson (.924 save percentage and 2.78 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Anaheim. Gibson is averaging 31.2 saves per game and has seven wins, nine losses, and two OT losses to his credit. Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Ducks will be Rickard Rakell (seven goals, nine assists) and Corey Perry (three goals, 11 assists).

Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Picks

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

Betting Notes:

  • The Ducks are 1-4 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 3-5 when theyre in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
  • The under has hit in four of San Joses last five games.
  • San Jose has averaged 21.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 15.8 giveaways per game (ranked 32nd in the league).
  • Anaheim is ranked 25th this season with 11.6 giveaways per game. That figures trended higher lately, as the teams averaged 12.9 giveaways over its last 10 games and 13.8 giveaways over its last five.
  • Anaheim skaters have accounted for the leagues sixth-most hits per game (24.6).