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The San Jose Sharks (21-24-4, 46 points) head due north to play the Vancouver Canucks (26-18-4. 56 points) on Saturday in a Western Conference game. San Jose arrives north of the border looking to snap a losing streak after falling to the Colorado Avalanche on the road 4-0 on Thursday. San Jose only took 27 shots in the loss and remain in 6th Place in the Pacific Division 9 points away from 5th Place.
Vancouver will be playing a second straight game at home when hosting the Sharks on Saturday after defeating Arizona Coyotes 3-1. The Canucks with the win moved into a tie with Vegas in third place just one point behind both Calgary and Arizona. The Canucks have won three of the last four.
Sharks looking to play spoiler against VancouverSan Jose is far away from any sort of playoff contention but they certainly can take part in influencing the outcome of the Pacific Division. The sharks can start that on Saturday with a win over the host Canucks as the Canucks are involved in a five-team race first place in the division.
Evander Kane leads all goal scorers for San Jose with 19, while defenseman Erik Karlsson is the assists leader with 30 and Tomas Hertl is the points leader with 35. San Jose has its power play at 16.7% and the penalty kill is 88.0%. The Sharks are allowing an average of 3.31 goals per game while generating goals per game at 2.59.
Vancouver could jump into first place by taking two points SaturdayVancouver is just one point out of first place trailing both Arizona and Calgary and with a win over San Jose and losses by the Flames and Coyotes the Canucks could be the leader in the Pacific Division. Vancouver gained two points on first-place Arizona with a 3-1 victory on Thursday and will look to take two more from another Pacific Division rival when playing Sharks.
The leading goal scorer for Vancouver is Elias Pettersson with 21. Petersson is also assists leader for Vancouver with 29 therefore making him the points leader for the team at 50. Vancouver's power-play is 23.9% while it's penalty kill is an average 80.5%. The Vancouver defense is allowing an average of 3.06 goals per game while the offense scores at the rate of 3.23 goals per game.
- Vancouver is 5-0 in the last five versus a Pacific division team
- The Canucks are 7-0 in the last 7 at home
- San is 6-25 in the last 21
- The Sharks are 1-4 in the last five as the underdog
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Vancouver Canucks are battling for first place in the Pacific Division and need to beat all rivals within division including the San Jose Sharks to earn points and stay relative in the five-team race. Vancouver has won each of its last seven on home ice, each of its last six as the favorite and even more impressive each of its life six as the favorite when playing at home. Not much more needs to be said other than San Jose has lost each of its last four on the road and seven of its last eight versus and opponent from the Western Conference
Prediction: Vancouver Canucks
Full-Game Total Pick
The total will go under in this matchup of Pacific Division rivals in part because San Jose is scoring only 2.59 goals per game and has a punchless offense. However at the other end of the ice the Sharks blue line is one of the best being anchored by the best overall defenseman in hockey Eric Karlsson.Vancouver is not scoring that many goals with an average 3.23 goals per game. However, the under is the way to go in this matchup