San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Preview

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Squaring off for the fifth and final time this season, the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks face off at Rogers Arena for a Pacific Division tilt. The opening face-off takes place at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 17, and fans at home can catch it live on CBC Sports.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds

San Jose enters the matchup as the obvious favorite with a -200 moneyline. The line for Vancouver sits at +170, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-140 money on the under, +120 on the over).

San Jose is 39-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 40 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the away team in 2017-18, the Sharks are 18-18 SU.

San Jose has converted on 21.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and the teams successfully killed off 85.2 percent of all penalties.

The Sharks, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties just 3.2 times per game overall this season, and 2.0 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 3.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 25.9 saves per game with a .916 save percentage, Martin Jones (26-25-7) has been the top option in goal for San Jose this season. Jones played last night, however, so San Jose might choose to rest him and go with Aaron Dell instead (14-12-3 record, .914 save percentage, 2.65 goals against average).

Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Sharks. Pavelski has 57 points on 18 goals and 39 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 12 different games. Burns has 10 goals and 45 assists to his credit (and has registered at least one point in 39 games).

On the other side of the rink, Vancouver is 25-46 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 71 regular season outings, 40 of its games have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and none have pushed. This season, the teams 12-23 SU as the home team.

The Canucks have converted on just 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.9 percent of all penalties.

Canucks skaters have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jacob Markstrom (26.2 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Canucks. Markstrom has 18 wins, 34 losses, and seven OT losses to his credit and has registered a .911 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average this season.

Brock Boeser (29 goals, 26 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the Canucks.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Picks

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

Betting Notes

  • Over Vancouver’s last ten outings, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-4 in those games).
  • San Jose has scored 3.0 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 5.3 per contest in their last three games (the teams a perfect 3-0 SU over that span),
  • The Canucks are 9-12 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 15-33 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
  • Vancouver is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while San Jose is 4-3 in shootouts.
  • San Jose may hold an advantage if this one comes down to the wire. The teams 16-12 in games decided by one goal, while Vancouver is only 8-16 in such games.
  • The total has gone under in four of Vancouver’s last five games.
  • Vancouver has averaged 2.6 goals per game overall this year, but has been averaging 0.6 goals per contest over its five-game losing skid.
  • Vancouver has averaged 8.2 giveaways over its last five home games, right in line with its season average of 8.4 giveaways per game (the 9th-fewest in the league).
  • San Jose is ranked 24th this season with 10.5 giveaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as it’s averaged 6.2 giveaways over its last 10 games and 7.4 giveaways over its last five.