San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks Free Prediction 12/16/18

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The San Jose Sharks, led by Timo Meier and Logan Couture, are ready to take the ice against Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in a Western Conference showdown. WGN Channel 9 will air the game, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 16.

San Jose Sharks vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds

The Sharks (-150) are tabbed as the favorites over the Blackhawks (+130), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).

San Jose is 17-16 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 33 regular season outings, 19 of its games have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under and none have pushed. The Sharks are 6-11 SU on the road in 2018-19.

San Jose has converted on 23.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the league. On the other hand, it has the third-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 84.6 percent of all penalties..

With a .901 save percentage and 25.6 saves per game, Martin Jones (13-10-3) has been the top option in goal for San Jose this season. If head coach Peter Deboer chooses to rest him, however, the team could roll with Aaron Dell (4-6-2 record, .901 save percentage, 2.89 goals against average).

Chicago is 10-24 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 34 regular season matches, 19 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 6-10 SU as the home team.

The Blackhawks have converted on just 11.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.0 percent of all penalties.

Corey Crawford (29.3 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Blackhawks. Crawford has six wins, 16 losses, and two overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a poor .903 save percentage and 3.23 goals against average this season.

San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in four of their past five matchups.
  • Five of Chicago’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 1-4 overall in those games.
  • San Jose skaters created 18.4 hits per game last season, while the Hawks posted 16.8 hits per matchup.