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Sharks Split A Back-To-Back
A back-to-back road set in a matter of 30 hours gave the San Jose Sharks (2-2-0) two points, as the team continued its five-game road trip (2-1-0) at the start of this week. The New York Islanders stunned San Jose with a three-goal third period to eventually bank a 4-0 victory at Barclays Center on Monday before the Sharks bounced back in style against the Philadelphia Flyers the following evening, notching an 8-2 triumph at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. Evander Kane (4 goals, 4 points this year) and Joe Pavelski (2 goals, 2 points) each bagged a couple of markers. Logan Couture (1 goal, 2 points), Tomas Hertl (2 goals, 2 points) and Timo Meier (2 goals, 2 points) scored, while Kevin Labanc (1 goal, 5 points) picked up four assists. The Sharks went 2-for-5 on power play after failing to score with the man advantage in their first three games of the season (0-for-10).
next move better then my last move pic.twitter.com/pDopEcoGsw
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) October 10, 2018
Goalie Aaron Dell stopped 31 shots in Philadelphia with a 93.9% save rate, while Martin Jones made 26 saves in Long Island, taking his current performance total to 1-2-0 for the rolling year with a 3.03 GAA and a .859 save percentage. He has recorded a 3-2-0 career total against the New York Rangers with a 2.98 GAA and a .895 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are scoring the 14th highest quantity of goals per game this season (3.25), while giving up the 13th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.25). They are 19th in power play with a 13.3% success rate (2-for-15) and 23rd in penalty kill with 72.2% proficiency (13-for-18).
Rangers Continue To Underperform
A back-to-back set extended the losing streak of the New York Rangers (0-3-0) to three consecutive games over the weekend, when the Blueshirts dropped two road decisions in a matter of 22 hours. Rookie Brett Howden (1 goal, 2 points this year) buried his first NHL marker in a 3-1 defeat by the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday, while two-goal performances by Jimmy Vesey (2 strikes, 2 points) and Chris Kreider (2 snipes, 2 points) failed to lift the Rangers past the Carolina Hurricanes, who banked an emphatic 8-5 win at PNC Arena on Sunday. Pavel Buchnevich (2 goals, 2 points) also scored against the ‘Canes, while Jesper Fast (1 goal, 3 points) picked up his 100th NHL point with an assist.
"These guys are really good players, I think sometimes they don't realize how good they can be."
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2018
22-year-old back-up goalie Alexandar Georgiev stopped 32 shots with an 82.1% save rate in Raleigh, while Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves against Buffalo. He has now gone 0-2-0 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.05 GAA and a .933 save percentage and has posted a 4-5-1 previous record against the San Jose Sharks with a 2.77 GAA and a .918 save percentage. The Rangers are presently netting the 12th lowest number of goals per game (2.67), while allowing the 5th highest amount on the defensive end (4.67). They are 21st in power play with a 12.5% conversion rate (1-for-8) and 27th in penalty kill with 66.7% effectiveness (6-for-9).
- Rangers are 0-7 in their last 7 Thursday games.
- Rangers are 1-7 in their last 8 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
- Sharks are 6-0 in their last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Sharks are 19-7 in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rangers have not started the season well and are not showing any signs of immediate improvement. The Sharks are 2-2-0 after the first four games. Not the most ideal of starts, but at least the performances have been consistently good. New York has already lost four of its past five home contests and will not be too thrilled about hosting San Jose, which has won three of the last five head-to-head encounters between the two sides and has gone 19-7 in the past 26 road fixtures against teams with a poor home record.
Prediction: San Jose Sharks
Full-Game Total Pick
The Sharks have been pretty high-scoring when facing teams with losing records (9-1 on the last 10 occasions), so do expect some goals in this one. The goal count has gone over the total in five straight home games of the Rangers against sides with a road win percentage above the .600 mark, with the last four meetings between the two sides averaging nine goals per contest on their own…
Prediction: Over 6
Half-Time Side Pick
The Sharks are the absolute favorites to win this contest and should start scoring early, having already netted six first-period strikes against the Rangers in their past three meetings. The Blueshirts have lost just one of their three opening frames of the season so far, but are not looking good for this fixture.
Prediction: San Jose Sharks
Half-Time Total Bet
This series has gone over the total in four consecutive opening 20 minutes, so expect goals early on. San Jose has failed to score in just one of its four first periods this season, but has tallied seven strikes over the other three, so…
Prediction: Over 1.5