In their fourth and last head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks meet at the Honda Center in a divisional tilt. NBC Sports California will showcase the game, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11.
San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds
Anaheim (-165) is currently favored over San Jose (+145), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 money on the under, +105 on the over).
San Jose is 29-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 55 regular season matches, 33 of its games have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Sharks are 14-15 SU as the road team in 2017-18.
San Jose has converted on 24.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and the teams successfully killed off a whopping 84.7 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Sharks have been sent to the penalty box 3.7 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 2.6 per game over its last five on the road. The teams been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting a .912 save percentage and 25.5 saves per game, Martin Jones (16-20-6) has been the best option in goal for San Jose this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, San Jose might turn to Aaron Dell (14-10-3 record, .917 save percentage, 2.51 goals against average).
Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Sharks. Burns has 47 points on nine goals and 38 assists, and has recorded two or more points 12 times. Pavelski has 14 goals and 28 assists to his nameand has registered a point in 30 games.
On the other bench, Anaheim is 27-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 56 regular season contests, 33 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 15-12 SU at home this year.
The Ducks have converted on just 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
Ducks players have been penalized 4.6 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The teams been forced to kill penalties 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
John Gibson (29.4 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Ducks. Gibson has 20 wins, 21 losses, and six overtime losses and has maintained a pedestrian 2.62 goals against average and a .922 save percentage this season.
Rickard Rakell (22 goals, 23 assists) will pace the attack for the hosts.
San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under
- Anaheim is 3-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while San Jose is 3-3 in shootouts.
- The over has hit in three of Anaheim’s last five outings.
- The Ducks this season have tallied the fifth-most hits per game (24.4), but the club has averaged 29.6 over their last five home outings.