Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Pick March 6

With an eight-game slate of NHL action closing out, the late-evening Battle of California has some intriguing betting opportunities on Sunday evening.

The Anaheim Ducks will look to continue their surprising run of play against their rivals from northern California in the San Jose Sharks. The Ducks have played quite well of late, rebounding with vigor after a slow start in October/November. They’re knocking on the door to the post-season, sitting just a few points back, and with the Sharks in town, you have to feel like Dallas Eakins’ squad should secure the two points.

For the Sharks, this season has once again gone off the rails in a hurry, and coach Bob Boughner is right back on the hot seat behind the bench. Last time out this group was thoroughly dismantled and embarrassed by the Nashville Predators. The Sharks lost 8-0 and continue to slip away from the post-season and into oblivion instead. With the trade deadline approaching that continues to be a distraction for many expiring contracts on the club, and their poor play of late reflects that.

Look for young goalie Zach Sawchenko to get the start for San Jose, in an attempt to try and stop the bleeding. While he has fared well in the AHL, he still has limited NHL action, and the high-end skill and shooting ability of the Ducks will certainly test the San Jose netminder.

For added insight on this Cali showdown, as well as betting news, trends and analysis – keep on reading beneath the current odds as we look to improve our stellar hockey record with another winning wager. Enjoy this pivotal Ducks vs. Sharks showdown as we look to close out a busy Sunday slate with another successful bet.

San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • San Jose Sharks +1.5 (-160)
  • Anaheim Ducks -1.5 (+140)
Moneyline:

  • San Jose Sharks (+160)
  • Anaheim Ducks (-180)
Total Points:

  • Over 6 (-110)
  • Under 6 (-110)
TEAM DATA SHARKS DUCKS
Overall Record 24-25-6 26-22-9
ATS Record 27-28 35-22
Home/Away Record 11-12-3 15-11-4
Goals Per Game 2.6 2.9
Goals Against Per Game 3.2 3.0
Shots On Goal Per Game 29.2 29.6
Shooting % 9.4 10.2

San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Prediction:

After a loss last night to a red-hot Nashville squad, the Sharks will somehow need to get up off of the mat and rebound the very next evening. Giving up eight goals in embarrassing fashion must’ve been a tough pill to swallow for San Jose, but it’s clear this roster isn’t going very far. Meanwhile, Anaheim enters with some optimism of late, and with the Ducks sitting just three points out of a potential playoff spot – this is a crucial two points for Dallas Eakins’ group.

San Jose simply gives up too much right now, and they aren’t generating much of anything offensively. The Sharks have mustered a pathetic 2.04 goals per 60 minutes in even-strength situations this year, and outside of Tomas Hertl, there really isn’t much finishing prowess within this lineup. Losing Erik Karlsson has hurt the offense and power play as well, and without steady netminding, this team is fading fast. Don’t be surprised to see San Jose bottom out and finish near the top of the lottery standings come April.

The Ducks aren’t that much better offensively than San Jose, but they’ve been juggernauts on home ice. Playing in Anaheim has been a real boost all season to this young, upstart group, where they’re in the top-10 in the NHL for goals on home ice. They tend to control possession and dominate shot metrics against visiting teams, and that’s proven by a stellar home record to date. Led by rookie sniper Trevor Zegras, the Ducks boast a speedy and skilled top-six that should simply overwhelm San Jose’s defensive structure. They also suppress chances quite well, limiting visiting opponents to very few high danger chances against per game. That simply doesn’t bode well for a San Jose team that can’t generate much of anything right now.

In goal, it’s undecided who will get the call in goal between John Gibson and Anthony Stolarz, but that tandem has been relatively equal this season. While Gibson may have the pedigree, it’s been Stolarz who has been better for Anaheim of late. Keep an eye on warmups for the status of their starter.

 

Ducks vs. Sharks Trends To Know:

  • Sharks are 2-10 in their last 12 overall.
  • Sharks are 0-5 in their last 5 road games.
  • Sharks are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Pacific.
  • Ducks are 15-6 in their last 21 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Ducks are 12-5 in their last 17 games as a favorite.
  • Sharks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings vs. Anaheim

 

While the common belief is likely that San Jose will rebound after getting stomped last night, it’s likely not enough to override the momentum in which the Ducks are playing with on home ice right now.  Anaheim’s youngsters can sense the post-season is within reach, and entering as the rested and more skilled group, look for the Ducks to pepper an untested Sawchenko with shots throughout.  The home moneyline price may be a tad steep, but it’s the right call to close out Sunday’s NHL slate.

 

My Pick
Ducks
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.