Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Sharks versus the Blackhawks? The puck drops at 8:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on NBCS. The game will be played at United Center in Chicago, IL. This Western conference matchup has an over/under of 6 goals, and the Blackhawks are favored to win at home vs. the Sharks.
SAN JOSE SHARKS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Blackhawks -1.5
This game will be played at United Center at 8:30 ET on Tuesday, January 16th.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:
- Based on our analysis, we foresee the Blackhawks winning the game with a predicted score of 4-2.
- Take the Blackhawks on the moneyline
- The Blackhawks should also cover at -1.5
Can San Jose Pull Off a Road Win?
On the season, the Sharks are 10-31-3, putting them in 16th place in the Western Conference and 8th in the Pacific Division. They have lost two straight games and are 1-9 in their last ten games. When playing on the road this season, San Jose has gone just 4-19-1.
As the underdog, the Sharks have gone 10-31-3 this season and have lost two straight games when not favored. In the Western Conference, San Jose has gone just 4-18 for the season.
On the road, the Sharks have a puck line record of 8-16, and they have an average scoring margin of -2.3 goals per game. Overall, San Jose has 27 losses by more than one goal.
So far this season, the Sharks have gone 17-27 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is -2.1 goals per contest. In their last 10 games, San Jose has a puck line record of 3-7.
The average goal total for San Jose’s games is sitting at 6.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 17-24-3.
San Jose has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
The Sharks come into the game scoring an average of 2 goals per game, putting them 32nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Sharks offense is 24th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 29th in the NHL.
The leading scorer for San Jose’s offense is Tomas Hertl. Coming into the game he has 13 goals, ranking 91st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Hertl has 17 assists this season.
Chicago defense takes on the Sharks ranked 8th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.3 shots per game against Chicago. They also are 25th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood gets the start and has made 25 starts this season. His record at this point is 5-17, and his save percentage is 0.942%.
Can the Blackhawks Live Up to the Hype at Home?
At home this season, the Blackhawks are 8-11-1, and they are on a three-game losing streak. In the Western Conference, Chicago is in 15th place and 8th in the Central Division. For the season, the Blackhawks have a record of 12-29-2, and they are 0-1 as the favorite.
Over their last ten games, the Blackhawks have gone 2-8, and they have lost three straight games. In games against other Western Conference teams this season, Chicago is 7-18, and they are 3-13 against division opponents. As the underdog, the Blackhawks have gone 12-28-2 this season.
Chicago comes into the game with an overall puck line record of 20-23, including going 5-5 over their last ten games. The Blackhawks have dropped 23 games by more than one goal compared to just five wins by multiple goals.
So far this season, Chicago has been the favorite just once, going 0-1 against the puck line. Overall, they have gone 20-22 as the underdog, including 12-8 at home. On average, the Blackhawks have been outscored by 1.4 goals per game.
The average goal total for Chicago’s games is sitting at 5.9. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 17-24-2.
When looking at their past three road matchups, San Jose has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
When looking at their offense, the Blackhawks have an average of 2.3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 29th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Blackhawks offense is 29th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.
The leading scorer for Chicago’s offense is Connor Bedard. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 59th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Bedard has 18 assists this season.
Defensively, the Blackhawks come into the season ranked 8th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.3 shots per game against Chicago. For the season, they are ranked 25th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Petr Mrazek has started 27 games this season. His current record stands at 10-16, and his save percentage is 0.932%.