Planning on watching today’s Islanders 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. In this non-conference matchup, the Islanders are favored by -1.5 vs. the Sharks. The over/under for the game is 6 goals.


The Pick: San Jose Sharks +1.5

This game will be played at SAP Center at 10:30 ET on Thursday, March 7th.


  • With a 1.5 goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Islanders to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Islanders on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Sharks (+1.5)

Is A Road Victory Likely for Favored New York?

As the Islanders head into tonight’s game, they are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-20-14. In their last ten games, they have gone 5-5 and have won their last four games in a row. On the road, the Islanders are 12-12-5 this season, and they have won two straight games away from home.

As the favorite, the Islanders have gone 13-10-5 this season and have been favored in 28 of their 61 games. In the Eastern Conference, they have gone 18-17, and in the Metropolitan Division, they have gone 8-9.

On the road this season, the Islanders have gone 17-12 vs. the puck line, and they have gone 4-2 vs. the puck line in their last six games. So far, New York has 11 wins by multiple goals and 16 wins by just one goal.

Against the puck line, the Islanders have gone 31-30 overall and 6-4 in their last ten games. In their last ten road games, New York has a puck line record of just 4-6.

This season, New York’s games are averaging 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6. The Islanders currently have an over/under record of 33-24-4.

Across their last three road contests, New York has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 2 goals per game.

When looking at their offense, the Islanders have an average of 3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 23rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 22nd in the league. The New York offense is ranked 19th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 7th in the NHL.

New York’s leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. So far this season, he has 28 goals, placing him 22nd in the NHL. Nelson also comes into the game with 23 assists.

San Jose defense takes on the Islanders ranked 1st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 35.3 shots per game against San Jose. They also are 30th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. San Jose, goalie Semyon Varlamov has started 17 games in this season. His current record is 6-7, and his save percentage stands at 0.514%.

Will San Jose Pull Through as the Underdog Home Team?

At home this season, the Sharks have gone 9-19-3 and have lost six straight games. Overall, San Jose is 15-40-7 and has dropped each of their last two games. In the Western Conference, the Sharks are in 15th place and 23 points out of a playoff spot. In their last ten games, San Jose has gone just 1-9. As the underdog, the Sharks have gone 15-40-7 this season.

For the year, the Sharks have gone 6-14 against the Pacific Division and 8-27 against the Western Conference. Over their last five games, San Jose is 0-5, and they have gone 0-3 in their last three games. On the year, the Sharks have been the underdog in all 61 of their games.

San Jose enters the game with an overall puck line record of 29-32, including a mark of 14-16 at home. Their average scoring differential for the season sits at -1.8 goals per game.

Over their last ten games at home, the Sharks have gone 5-5 against the puck line. In their 61 games as the underdog, San Jose has gone 29-32 against the puck line.

This season, San Jose’s games have an average of 6.2 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.2. The Sharks come in with an over/under performance of 27-31-3.

In their last three road games, New York has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Sharks are averaging 2.2 goals per game this season, putting them in the 31st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 32nd in the league. San Jose’s offense comes into the game ranked 28th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the NHL.

The leading scorer for San Jose’s offense is Anthony Duclair. Coming into the game he has 16 goals, ranking 127th in the NHL. Duclair also comes into the game with 11 assists.

Defensively, the Sharks come into the season ranked 1st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 35.3 shots per game against San Jose. For the season, they are ranked 30th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Kaapo Kahkonen has started 27 games this season. His current record stands at 6-20, and his save percentage is 0.769%.