San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Matchup Preview

The San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks battle at the Honda Center in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The opening face-off takes place at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 12, and you can witness it live on USA, R360, TVA2 and PRIT.

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks Odds

With a -145 moneyline, Anaheim enters the game as the obvious favorite. The line for San Jose sits at +125, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-135 for the over, +115 for the under).

San Jose is 45-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. 43 of its games have gone under the total, while 37 have gone over and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Sharks team is 20-21 SU on the road.

San Jose has converted on 20.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the second-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 84.9 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Sharks have been sent to the penalty box just 3.2 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, 2.8 per game over its past five outings total, and 3.6 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 25.9 saves per game with a .915 save percentage, Martin Jones (31-29-7) has been the top option in goal for San Jose this year. If head coach Peter Deboer chooses to rest him, however, San Jose might turn to Aaron Dell (15-14-4), who has a .914 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average this year.

Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Sharks. Burns has 67 points on 12 goals and 55 assists, and has recorded two or more points 16 times. Pavelski has 22 goals and 44 assists to his credit, and has notched at least one point in 46 games.

On the other side of the ice, Anaheim is 44-38 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.3 units this year. Through 82 regular season matches, 49 of its games have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 26-15 SU as the home team.

The Ducks have converted on just 17.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.2 percent of all penalties.

Ducks players have been penalized 4.2 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

John Gibson (28.9 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Ducks. Gibson has 33 wins, 27 losses, and eight overtime losses and has recorded a 2.43 goals against average and a .926 save percentage this year.

Rickard Rakell (34 goals, 35 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Ducks.

San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in three of Anaheim’s last five outings.
  • Anaheim has allowed 2.6 goals per game overall this year, but is allowing just 1.6 per match up in its last five games (the team’s a perfect 0-0 SU during that span).
  • Six of Anaheim’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 5-1 overall in those games.
  • The Ducks this season have tallied the eighth-most hits per game (23.8).