The SAP Center plays host to an intriguing showdown as the San Jose Sharks take on the visiting Arizona Coyotes. This Pacific Division matchup will get started at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17, and it’s being shown live on Fox Arizona Plus.
Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks Odds
Arizona (+105) is currently the underdog to San Jose (-125) and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. If you want to play the game’s total, you’ll be looking at odds of -115 for the over and -105 on the under.
Arizona is 19-16 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 35 regular season matches, 20 of its games have gone under the total, while 14 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Coyotes are 11-7 SU on the road in 2019-20.
Arizona has converted on 20.8 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 15th out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off 80.8 percent of its penalties.
Arizona, as a collective unit, has been sent to the penalty box just 3.1 times per game in the 2019-20 season, 3.0 per game over its last five matchups total, and 3.0 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 29.0 saves per game with a .935 save percentage, Darcy Kuemper (14-9-2) has been the best option in goal for Arizona this season. If Arizona chooses to rest him, however, head coach Rick Tocchet might roll with Antti Raanta (5-7-2), who has a .919 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average this year.
Nick Schmaltz and Clayton Keller will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Coyotes. Schmaltz (23 points) has tallied six goals and 17 assists, and has recorded two or more points five times. Keller has seven goals and 16 assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 19 games).
On the other bench, San Jose is 16-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 17 of its outings have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the team’s 10-8 SU at home.
San Jose has converted on just 15.4 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 88.1 percent of all penalties.
The Sharks have been penalized 4.5 times per game this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties a whopping 16.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Martin Jones has stopped 24.8 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for San Jose. Jones has 12 wins, 15 losses, and one overtime loss and has registered a subpar .888 save percentage and 3.30 goals against average this season.
Logan Couture (11 goals, 21 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Sharks.
Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under
Three of Arizona’s last five outings have gone over the total.
The Coyotes are 8-5 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Sharks are 7-10 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
Three of Arizona’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-1 in those games and 5-2 overall in shootouts this season.
San Jose skaters have managed 12.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 8.5 takeaways per game (ranked 8th).
Arizona is ranked 26th in the NHL with 6.6 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down, however, as the team has managed 5.5 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.6 takeaways over its last five.
San Jose may hold the upper hand if it’s a tight one late. The team’s 7-4 in games decided by one goal, while Arizona is 8-10 in such games.