San Jose Sharks vs. Dallas Stars Free Pick 11/8/18

 

Last Updated: 2018-11-08

Brent Burns, Logan Couture, and the San Jose Sharks will do battle against Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg, and the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center in a Western Conference showdown. Fox Sports Southwest will broadcast the game, which gets going at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 8.

San Jose Sharks vs. Dallas Stars Odds

San Jose comes into the game as the favorite with a -120 moneyline. The line for Dallas sits at +100 and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -115 money on the over and -105 on the under.

Losing -0.4 units for moneyline bettors, Dallas is 8-7 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 42-40 record the team posted during the 2017-18 season campaign. Of its 15 regular season matches, eight have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 5-2 SU at home this year.

The Stars have converted on 24.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .921 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Ben Bishop (6-5) has been the best option in goal for Dallas this season. If head coach Jim Montgomery chooses to give him the night off, however, Dallas might go with Anton Khudobin (2-2-2 record, .929 save percentage, 2.22 goals against average).

Over on the other bench, San Jose is 8-7 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 15 regular season matches, nine of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under the total and none have pushed. As the away team so far, the Sharks are 4-4 SU.

The Sharks have converted on 21.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fourth overall and it’s successfully killed off 86.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Martin Jones (2.72 goals against average and .899 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose. Jones is averaging 24.3 saves per game and has seven wins, four losses, and one OT loss to his credit.

San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars Betting Picks

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Trends

75.0 percent of Dallas’ wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 6-6 overall in such games) while only 37.5 percent of San Jose’s wins have come by two goals or more (3-3 overall in games decided by at least two goals).

The Stars are 2-5 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Sharks are 3-2 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than the opposition.

After posting a 5-3 record in games decided by a shootout last year, San Jose is off to a 0-2 start in shootouts this season. Dallas was 4-3 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.

Four of Dallas’ last five outings gone under the total.

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