San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Preview

The Honda Center is playing host a divisional matchup as the Anaheim Ducks face off against the visiting San Jose Sharks. NBC Sports California will showcase the action, which gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 21.

San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds

Anaheim (+130) is playing the role of underdog to Anaheim (-150), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -130 for the under and +110 for the over.

San Jose is 25-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 28 of its games have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Sharks are 11-12 SU on the road in 2017-18.

San Jose has converted on 22.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.6 percent of its penalties.

The Sharks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over its last five contests. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Sporting a .910 save percentage and 25.0 saves per game, Martin Jones (15-16-5) has been the best option in goal for San Jose this season. If San Jose decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Aaron Dell (11-8-2 record, .928 save percentage, 2.18 goals against average).

Brent Burns and Joe Thornton will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Sharks. Burns (37 points) is up to seven goals and 30 assists, and has recorded two or more points in eight different games. Thornton has 12 goals and 21 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 25 games).

On the other side of the rink, Anaheim is 22-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 12-11 SU at home this year.

The Ducks have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all penalties.

Ducks players have been sent to the penalty box 4.6 times per game in total this season, and 3.8 per game over their last five at home. The teams been forced to kill penalties a whopping 14.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.

John Gibson has denied 29.7 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Ducks. Gibson has 16 wins, 20 losses, and six overtime losses and has recorded a 2.59 goals against average and a .923 save percentage this season.

The home team offense will be led by Rickard Rakell (16 goals, 17 assists).

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of San Jose’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 3-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The total has gone under in three of Anaheim’s last five games.
  • Over Anaheim’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • The Ducks this season have registered the seventh-most hits per game (23.5).