Brent Burns, Logan Couture, and the San Jose Sharks will face off against Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena for a divisional tilt. The action will get underway at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 2, and fans at home can catch it live on Sportsnet Pacific.
San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks Odds
San Jose comes into the game as the substantial favorite with a -150 moneyline. The line for Vancouver sits at +130, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals (-120 to bet the under, +100 for the over).
San Jose is 44-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 45 of its games have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just three have pushed. As the road team in 2018-19, the Sharks are 20-19 SU.
San Jose has converted on 24.1 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and it has successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 24.6 saves per game with a .896 save percentage, Martin Jones (36-24-5) has been the best option in goal for San Jose this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Peter Deboer could turn to Aaron Dell (10-14-4), who has a .884 save percentage and 3.23 goals against average this year.
Vancouver is 34-45 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 79 regular season outings, 44 of its games have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team’s 19-21 SU at home this year.
The Canucks have converted on just 16.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Jacob Markstrom has denied 28.8 shots per game as the top option in goal for the Canucks. Markstrom has 28 wins, 31 losses, and nine OT losses to his credit and has registered a .913 save percentage and 2.76 goals against average this year.
San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Picks
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over
- Four of the Canucks’ last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 3-1 in those games and 6-5 overall in shootouts this year.
- The total has gone under in four of Vancouver’s last five games.
- San Jose’s attempted 33.1 shots per game overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 30.0 in its last 10 outings.
- Five of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 0-5 in those games.
- San Jose skaters registered 18.4 hits per game last season, while the Canucks forced 21.3 hits per matchup.