The SAP Center will be the site for an enticing showdown as the Pittsburgh Penguins come into town to face the San Jose Sharks. It’s the last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. This East-West matchup will get started at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29 and it can be viewed live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks Odds
Pittsburgh heads into the game as the heavy favorite with a moneyline of -165. The line for San Jose now stands at +145 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -110 for the over and -110 for the under.
Pittsburgh is 37-26 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.7 units this season. Through 63 regular season matches, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Penguins team is 15-16 SU on the road.
Pittsburgh has converted on 20.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.5 percent of its penalties.
Pittsburgh, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 4.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .900 save percentage and 25.1 saves per game, Matt Murray (18-16-5) has been the primary option in goal for Pittsburgh this season. Murray played last night, however, so the team might opt to rest him and instead roll with Tristan Jarry (20-11-1 record, .927 save percentage, 2.23 goals against average).
Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust will both lead the way for the visiting Penguins. Malkin has 63 points on 21 goals and 42 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 19 different games. Rust has 24 goals and 26 assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 31 games).
San Jose is 27-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 64 regular season matches, 35 of its games have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just three have pushed. This year, the team’s 15-16 SU at home.
San Jose has converted on just 15.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure 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 86.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
San Jose players have been penalized 4.1 times per game this season, 4.0 per game over their past five match ups total, and 4.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to kill penalties 8.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Martin Jones (24.9 saves per game) has been the top option in the crease for San Jose. Jones has 15 wins, 22 losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 3.08 goals against average and a subpar .894 save percentage this year.
Brent Burns (12 goals, 31 assists) will lead the attack for the Sharks.
Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Over
Pittsburgh is 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while San Jose is 2-1 in shootouts.
Four of San Jose’s last five outings gone under the total.
Pittsburgh’s attempted 32.0 shots per game overall this season (ranked 12th in the NHL), and 31.4 in its last 10 games.
Over San Jose’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Pittsburgh skaters have accounted for the league’s second-most hits per game (28.2) while the Sharks have registered the 12th-most (22.1).