New Jersey Devils vs. San Jose Sharks Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Facing each other for the second and final time this season, the New Jersey Devils and the San Jose Sharks collide at the SAP Center in an East-West tilt. The action gets going at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 20, and you can catch the game live on NBC Sports California.

New Jersey Devils at San Jose Sharks Odds

San Jose is 40-32 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.4 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked second in the Pacific Division so far in this young season, is right in line with what the team produced during the 2016-17 season (46-36). 40 of the team’s 72 outings have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 21-14 SU at home this year.

The Sharks have converted on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated fourth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.0 percent of all penalties.

The Sharks, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 1.2 per game over their last five matchups at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 3.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.

Averaging 25.9 saves per game with a .916 save percentage, Martin Jones (26-25-7) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose this year. If the Sharks, however, choose to give him the night off, San Jose could turn to Aaron Dell (15-12-12 record, .913 save percentage, 2.66 goals against average).

Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns will each spearhead the attack for the Sharks. Pavelski (58 points) has produced 18 goals and 40 assists and has recorded two or more points on 12 different occasions this year. Burns has 10 goals and 45 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 40 contests.

On the other side of the rink, New Jersey is 37-35 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 8.0 units this season. Through 72 regular season outings, 35 of its games have gone over the total, while an additional 35 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Devils are 19-18 SU as an away team this season.

The Devils have converted on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

New Jersey’s players have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over their last ten outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cory Schneider (28.5 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for New Jersey. Schneider has 18 wins, 20 losses, and six OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .912 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Devils will be Taylor Hall, who has 31 goals and 46 assists on the year.

New Jersey Devils at San Jose Sharks Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • San Jose is 4-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while New Jersey is 5-4 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in four of San Jose’s last five games.
  • New Jersey has managed 25.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while San Jose has been attempting 32.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • San Jose has scored 3.0 goals per game overall this year, but is scoring 5.3 per match up in its last four games (the team’s a perfect 0-0 SU during that span).
  • Eight of San Jose’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 6-2 overall in those games.
  • New Jersey skaters have accounted for the 12th-most hits in the league (22.3 per game).