Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks Free Preview

The SAP Center plays host to a Western Conference clash as the Dallas Stars take on the San Jose Sharks. It’s the third and last time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The matchup gets going at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3, and fans at home can view the game live on Sportsnet ONE.

Dallas Stars vs. San Jose Sharks Odds

San Jose enters the game as the obvious favorite with a -175 moneyline. The line for Dallas sits at +155 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -115 for the over and -105 for the under.

The Sharks are 44-35 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 2.3 units this season. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Pacific Division in this young season, is right in line with the 46-36 record the team posted during last year’s regular season campaign. 43 of the team’s 79 contests have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 24-14 SU at home.

San Jose’s converted on 20.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.1 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, San Jose has been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 4.2 per game over its last five games. The team has had to kill penalties for just 7.6 minutes per game over its last five home outings.

Boasting a .917 save percentage and 26.3 saves per game, Martin Jones (30 wins, 27 losses, and seven OT losses) has been the top goalkeeper for the Sharks this year. If head coach Peter Deboer chooses to give him the night off, however, the team might go with Aaron Dell (15-13-13 record, .913 save percentage, 2.67 goals against average).

The Sharks will continue relying on offensive production from Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski. Burns (63 points) has produced 11 goals and 52 assists and has recorded multiple points in 15 different games this year. Pavelski has 21 goals and 42 assists to his name and has notched a point in 43 games.

Dallas is 40-39 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 39 of its matches have gone over the total, while 38 have gone under and just two have pushed. Dallas’ 14-24 SU as the visiting team this season.

Dallas has converted on 19.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 14th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all penalties.

Dallas’ players have been called for penalties 4.2 times per game this season, and 3.6 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Ben Bishop (24.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas. Bishop has 26 wins, 27 losses, and six OT losses to his credit, while registering a .916 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average this year.

Tyler Seguin (40 goals, 36 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the visiting Stars.

Dallas Stars vs. San Jose Sharks Free Picks

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of San Jose’s last five games.
  • The Sharks are 14-13 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Stars are 18-20 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
  • Dallas is 4-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while San Jose is 5-3 in shootouts.
  • San Jose skaters have managed 7.4 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 8.7 takeaways per game (ranked 6th in the NHL).
  • Dallas is ranked 28th in the league with 5.6 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as the team has averaged 4.9 takeaways over its last 10 games and 3.8 takeaways over its last five.