Betting on today’s Sharks and Canucks game? Catch the action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, as the Canucks hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on NBCS. This Pacific division matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Canucks are favored to win at home vs. the Sharks.
SAN JOSE SHARKS VS VANCOUVER CANUCKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Vancouver Canucks -1.5
This game will be played at Rogers Arena at 10:00 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS:
- According to our analysis, we anticipate the Canucks to win this one with a projected score of 4-2.
- Take the Canucks on the moneyline
- The Canucks should also cover at -1.5
Can the Sharks Pull Off a Win at Vancouver?
Coming into their game vs. Canucks, the Sharks have a 9-21-3 record. They hold a 6-8-2 record when playing at home, and they have gone 3-13-1 on the road. This record has them sitting 8th in the Western Pacific division and 16th in the Western conference.
When it came to the puck line, San Jose have posted a 14-19 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 6-11, while they are 8-8 at home. This season, San Jose’s games have an average of 6.1 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.3. The Sharks come in with an over/under performance of 13-18-2.
San Jose has a 0-3 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
On the offensive side, the Sharks are scoring an 2.1 goals per game this season, ranking 32nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 31st in the league. The Sharks went 1-1 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 8-20.
San Jose will be looking for a good game from Tomas Hertl who leads the team in scoring with 11 goals, ranking 75th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Hertl has 15 assists this season.
Defensively, the Canucks are currently 6th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.1 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 2nd in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Vancouver, goalie Kaapo Kahkonen has started 13 games in this season. His current record is 5-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.6938775510204082%.
Can Vancouver Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?
This season, the Canucks have put together an overall record of 22-10-3. When playing on the road, Vancouver has gone 10-7-2, while their home record stands at 12-3-1. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 1st, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 1st.
When it came to the puck line, Vancouver heads in with a 24-10 record. On the road, their mark is 12-6 and their overall home performance is 12-4 vs. the puck line. On average, Vancouver’s games have finished with 6.3 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.5. In total, the Canucks come in with an over/under record of 20-12-2.
The Canucks are 2-1 puck line in their last three home games and 2-1 straight-up.
For their offensive performance, the Canucks come in averaging 3.8 goals per game this season, which is 1st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 24th in the league. This season, the Canucks have a 10-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 11-6 record.
Vancouver will be looking for a good game from Brock Boeser who leads the team in scoring with 24 goals, ranking 2nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 14 assists so far.
The Canucks defense is currently 6th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Vancouver. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 2nd with 4 shutouts.
Goalie Casey DeSmith comes into the game having made 10 starts this season. So far, his record is 6-2 and he has a save percentage of 0.47959183673469385%.