Carolina Hurricanes vs. San Jose Sharks Free Prediction 12/7/17

Last Updated: 2017-12-07

Two teams that split their head-to-head series (one game apiece) last year, the Carolina Hurricanes and the San Jose Sharks take the ice at the SAP Center for an East-West showdown. The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, and fans at home can witness it live on NBC Sports California.

Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks Odds

San Jose (-135) is currently favored over Carolina (+115), 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 14-12 straight up (SU) and has recorded -1.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That win percentage, the third-best in the Pacific Division so far in this young season, hasn’t moved much from what the team produced during the 2016-17 season (46-36). Among its 26 games this season, six have gone under the total, while six have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 7-7 SU at home this season.

The Sharks have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 25th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked third overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 86.4 percent of all penalties.

As a team, the Sharks have been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to kill penalties for 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.

Averaging 25.7 saves per game with a .923 save percentage, Martin Jones (10-9-2) has been the top goalkeeper for the Sharks this season. If head coach Peter Deboer decides to rest him, however, San Jose could roll with Aaron Dell (4-6-6 record, .933 save percentage, 1.93 goals against average).

The Sharks will continue to lean on the leadership from Logan Couture and Joe Thornton. Couture (21 points) has tallied 13 goals and eight assists and has recorded multiple points on six different occasions this year. Thornton has four goals and 12 assists to his name and has notched a point in 14 games.

On the other side of the rink, Carolina is 11-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 26 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Hurricanes are 5-8 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Hurricanes have converted on just 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 26th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Carolina’s skaters have been penalized only 2.8 times per game in total this season, and 3.5 per game over their last ten match ups. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Scott Darling (2.69 goals against average and .902 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. Darling is averaging 24.3 saves per game and has seven wins, 13 losses, and five overtime losses to his credit.

For the visiting Hurricanes, the offense will run through Teuvo Teravainen (eight goals, 14 assists) and Sebastian Aho (five goals, 14 assists).

Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Trends

Two of Carolina’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this season.

The total has gone under in four of San Jose’s last five games.

Over Carolina’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).

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