Looking to win big? The Sharks and Blackhawks face off at 6:00 ET on NBCS. The Blackhawks are hosting the game at United Center in Chicago, IL. The over/under for this Western conference contest is set at 6 goals, with the Blackhawks being favored by -1.5 goals at home against 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 6:00 ET on Sunday, March 17th.

WHY BET THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:

  • Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Blackhawks picking up a 4-3 win.
  • Take the Blackhawks on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Sharks (+1.5)

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen on the Road?

Heading into tonight’s game, the Sharks are in 16th place in the Western Conference and 8th in the Pacific Division. On the road, San Jose has gone just 6-24-4 this season and has lost four straight games away from home. Overall, the Sharks have dropped three straight games and have gone just 1-9 in their last ten games. As the underdog, San Jose has gone 16-43-7 this year.

So far this season, the Sharks have gone 8-27 against Western Conference opponents and 6-14 against teams in the Pacific Division. In the last three games, San Jose has gone 0-3 and they are just 1-4 in their last five games.

San Jose enters the game with a puck line record of 31-35 and they have dropped their last two games vs. the puck line. On the road, the Sharks have gone 16-18 vs. the puck line this season, and they have a puck line mark of 5-5 in their last ten games.

So far, the Sharks have lost 35 games by more than one goal, and they have a puck line record of 31-35 as the underdog. In their last three road games, San Jose has gone 1-2 vs. the puck line.

This season, San Jose’s games are averaging 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.2. The Sharks currently have an over/under record of 29-34-3.

In their last three games away from home, the Sharks have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.

For their offensive performance, the Sharks come in averaging 2.2 goals per game this season, which is 31st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. This year, the Sharks have recorded a 1-5 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 14-37 record.

San Jose will be looking for a good game from Fabian Zetterlund who leads the team in scoring with 18 goals, ranking 115th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Zetterlund has 14 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Blackhawks head into the game ranked 7th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.5 shots per game against Chicago. So far, they are 27th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

San Jose goalie Devin Cooley comes into the game looking to get his season off to a strong start as this will be his first game for the team.

Are Chicago Ready for a Home Win?

At home this season, the Blackhawks have gone 13-18-4. In the Western Conference, Chicago is in 15th place and 8th in the Central Division. Overall, the Blackhawks have a record of 18-44-5. Over their last ten games, Chicago has gone 3-7, and they have won two straight games as the favorite.

Against other teams from the Western Conference, the Blackhawks have gone 11-28 this season. Over their last five games, Chicago has gone 3-2. As the favorite, the Blackhawks have gone 2-1 this season, and they have gone 16-43-5 when they are the underdog.

Chicago comes into this game with a puck line record of 30-37, including a mark of 20-15 at home. So far, the team has had 8 wins by multiple goals and 10 wins by just one goal.

Over their last ten games at home, the Blackhawks have gone 5-5 against the puck line. In their last ten games overall, the team has gone 5-5 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin this year is at -1.4 goals per game.

Games involving Chicago have an average of 5.7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.1. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blackhawks come in with a record of 26-39-2.

Although San Jose has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.

When looking at their offense, the Blackhawks 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 30th in the league. This season, the Blackhawks have a 3-13 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 15-29 record.

Chicago’s current leading scorer is Connor Bedard. This season, he has 20 goals, which puts him 87th in the NHL. Bedard also comes into the game with 31 assists.

Defensively, the Blackhawks come into the season ranked 7th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.5 shots per game against Chicago. For the season, they are ranked 27th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. San Jose, goalie Petr Mrazek has started 43 games in this season. His current record is 14-25, and his save percentage stands at 0.945%.