Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, and the San Jose Sharks will face off against Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a cross-country showdown. This one will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22 and it can be watched live on MSG Network.
San Jose Sharks at New York Rangers Odds
San Jose (+160) is entering this one as the underdog to New York (-180), and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-110 over, -110 under).
New York is 32-28 straight-up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 10.1 units this season. That early-season winning percentage is a remarkable improvement over the 32-50 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Through 60 regular season matches, 30 of the team’s games have gone under the total, while 27 have gone over and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 16-15 SU at home.
The Rangers have connected on 23.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 19th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.
Boasting a .907 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Henrik Lundqvist (11 wins, 17 losses, and three OT losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Broadway Blueshirts this year. If head coach David Quinn chooses to give him a rest, however, New York could go with Alexandar Georgiev (14-14-14 record, .912 save percentage, 2.98 goals against average).
On the other bench, San Jose is 26-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 32 of its outings have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Sharks are 12-18 SU as a road team this season.
The Sharks have converted on just 16.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully killed off 85.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Martin Jones (25.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose. Jones has 14 wins, 21 losses, and two OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .894 save percentage and 3.11 goals against average this year.
San Jose Sharks vs. New York Rangers Free Picks
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Over
- The Rangers are 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Sharks are 2-1 in shootouts.
- For both of these teams, the under has hit in three of their past five outings.
- San Jose has managed 30.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while New York has been attempting 35.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
- Over New York’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-2 in those games).
- San Jose skaters notched 21.5 hits per game last season, while the Broadway Blueshirts logged 26.0 hits per contest.