Planning on watching today’s Oilers and Sharks game? Catch the action at SAP Center in San Jose, CA, as the Sharks hosts this showdown at 10:30 ET on NBCS. The Oilers come into this Pacific division matchup as the favorite to pick up the win. Currently, the over/under for the game is at 7 goals.
EDMONTON OILERS VS SAN JOSE SHARKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Jose Sharks +1.5
This game will be played at SAP Center at 10:30 ET on Thursday, December 28th.
WHY BET THE SAN JOSE SHARKS:
- Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Oilers picking up a 4-3 win.
- Take the Oilers on the moneyline
- On the puck line, we like Sharks (+1.5)
Can the Oilers Lock in a Win at San Jose?
Through 31 games, the Oilers have achieved an overall record of 15-15-1. When on the road, Edmonton holds a 6-9-0 record, while they are 9-6-1 when playing at home. Their current record places them 6th in the Western Pacific division and 13th in the Western conference.
When it came to the puck line, Edmonton have posted a 12-19 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 6-9, while they are 6-10 at home. This season, Edmonton’s games are averaging 6.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.7. The Oilers currently have an over/under record of 16-12-3.
Edmonton has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
The Oilers come into the game scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, putting them 15th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 12th in the league. Edmonton’s offense comes into the game ranked 10th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 12th in the NHL.
Edmonton’s leading goal scorer is Zach Hyman. So far this season, he has 19 goals, placing him 9th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 12 assists so far.
The Sharks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 23rd in takeaways and an average of 5.8 takeaways per contest. They hold 1st place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.9 goals given up per game.
Entering the game, goalie Stuart Skinner has started 22 games this season. His current record stands at 12-9, and his save percentage is 0.797979797979798%.
Can San Jose Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?
Through 35 games, the Sharks have achieved an overall record of 9-23-3. When on the road, San Jose holds a 3-15-1 record, while they are 6-8-2 when playing at home. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 16th.
Analyzing their performance against the puck line, San Jose has a 14-21 record. On the road they are 6-13 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is8-8. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring San Jose is 6.3. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 14-18-3.
Across their three previous home games, San Jose has an puck line mark of 0-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 2 goals per game.
When looking at their offense, the Sharks have an average of 2.1 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 31st in the league. This season, the Sharks are 1-1 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-21 record.
San Jose’s leading scorer is Tomas Hertl. So far, he has 12 goals which is 69th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 15 assists so far.
Coming into the game, the Sharks’ defense is 23rd in takeaways at 5.8 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.9 goals per game which is 1st in the NHL.
Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood gets the start and has made 21 starts this season. His record at this point is 4-14, and his save percentage is 0.9292929292929293%.