Squaring off for the third and final time this season, the San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators collide at Bridgestone Arena. This Western Conference matchup will get going at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 10, and it can be caught live on NBC Sports California.
San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators Odds
Playing the role of favorite will be Nashville (-170), while San Jose is a dog offering moneyline odds of +150, and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -105 for the over and -115 for the under.
San Jose is 15-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 16 of its outings have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Sharks are 6-10 SU on the road in 2019-20.
San Jose has converted on 16.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it’s successfully killed off a whopping 88.5 percent of all penalties.
San Jose, as a collective unit, has been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game during the 2019-20 season, 3.8 per game over its past five total, and 4.2 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays 11.0 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Averaging 24.6 saves per game with a .889 save percentage, Martin Jones (12-13-1) has been the top option in goal for San Jose this season. If San Jose chooses to rest him, however, they could roll with Aaron Dell (3-8-1), who has a .893 save percentage and 3.32 goals against average this year.
Logan Couture and Evander Kane will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Sharks. Couture (29 points) is up to nine goals and 20 assists, and has recorded two or more points in six different games. Kane has 13 goals and 11 assists to his nameand has notched a point in 16 games.
On the other bench, Nashville is 13-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 28 regular season contests, 17 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and none have pushed. This year, the team’s 8-9 SU as the home team.
Nashville has converted on just 15.5 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 76.1 percent of all penalties.
The Predators have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, and 4.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties 12.2 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Pekka Rinne has denied 23.6 shots per game as the top option in the crease for Nashville. Rinne has 10 wins, seven losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has recorded a poor .897 save percentage and 2.92 goals against average this season.
Roman Josi (seven goals, 18 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Preds.
San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators Betting Predictions
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Under
San Jose is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Nashville is 1-2 in shootouts.
Three of Nashville’s last five outings gone under the total.
San Jose has managed 30.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Nashville has been attempting 38.0 shots per game over its last five home outings.
Six of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-4 in those games.
San Jose skaters have given out the 11th-most hits in the league (22.6 per game).