Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks NHL Pick – December 16

The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout Thursday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout December 16. One of these matchups will be between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks. These two teams will look to earn a big win in this matchup. This game will drop the puck at around 10:30 PM Eastern time.

Vancouver has earned a record of 13-15-2 to start out the season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Pacific division. The Canucks have won five games in a row and seven of their last eight. Vancouver has picked up their play since Bruce Boudreau joined as the new coach. The Canucks will look for another fast start on the road in this one.

The Sharks have put up a record of 15-13-1 to open up the season, which has them in fifth place of the Pacific division. San Jose is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost four of their last six. The Sharks have been up and down this season, but will look to get back on track in this one. San Jose will look to earn a big win at home on Thursday night.

These two teams have struggled early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. The Canucks have picked up their play a lot recently and will look to remain hot on Thursday night. San Jose has struggled to get into a rhythm, but will look to bounce back. If either team can come out strong, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Vancouver Canucks +1 ½ (-225) +109 Over 5 ½ (-105)
San Jose Sharks -1 ½ (+195) -120 Under 5 ½ (-105)


Team Data Vancouver Canucks San Jose Sharks
Overall Record 13-15-2 15-13-1
Away/ Home Record 5-8-1 7-6-1
Goals Per Game 2.43 2.62
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.57 2.50
Save Percentage .909 .911
Save Percentage Away/ Home .892 .899

Betting Trends

Vancouver Canucks

  • 6-1 in December
  • 2-5 against division opponents
  • 6-7 after non-Conference game
  • 3-5 after score four goals or more in previous game
  • 2-0 after winning three or more in a row
  • 5-8 against team with winning record

San Jose Sharks

  • 3-4 in December
  • 2-1 against division opponents
  • 0-2 after division game
  • 6-4 after loss by two or more goals
  • 3-4 after scoring one goal or less
  • 5-5 against team with losing record

The last time these two teams met up was in the 2019-20 season. The Canucks and Sharks met up four times throughout the season. Vancouver earned a record of 3-1 throughout those matchups. The Canucks outscored San Jose 16-9 in those four games. I expect the Sharks to try and come out fast in this one as they try to avoid another loss.

Special Teams

The Canucks have struggled on special teams early in the season. Vancouver has scored on 19 of their 99 power play chances, which is a 19.2 percent power play. The Canucks have killed off 62 of their opponents 93 power play attempts, which is a 66.7 percent kill rate. Vancouver is 16th on the power play and 32nd on the kill this season.

San Jose has not had the best power play either this season. The Sharks have capitalized on 14 of their 73 power pay opportunities, which is a 19.2 percent success rate. San Jose has given up 10 power play goals on 72 penalties against, which is an 86.1 percent penalty kill. The Sharks are 16th on the man advantage and 4th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have struggled on special teams throughout this season. The Sharks have the edge with their penalty kill though. San Jose’s power play will look to get going against the Canucks on Thursday night. The Sharks will look to shut down Vancouver’s power play in this one. If either team can get a power play goal, it could give them the edge for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Thatcher Demko will likely get the start in the crease for Vancouver in this one. Demko has started in 24 games this season, going 12-11-1 in those matchups. He has posted a save percentage of .917 and a 2.66 GAA in those outings. Demko finished with 28 saves on 29 shots in his last start against the Carolina Hurricanes, which was enough for the win.

I expect James Reimer to get the nod in the net for the Sharks on Thursday night. Reimer has earned a record of 9-5-1 throughout his 15 starts on the season. He has put up a .936 save percentage and a GAA of 1.99 in those games played. Reimer’s last start was against the Seattle Kraken. He stopped 27 of 29 shots in the losing effort.

Reimer has had the better start to this season, but Demko has won four games in a row entering this one. Both goalies have been strong early in the season and will look to grab the win in this one. Reimer will look to bounce back after a loss in his matchup. If either goalie can come out strong on Thursday night, I think it will be enough for the win in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Vancouver has picked up their play a lot recently and will look to remain hot. San Jose will look to bounce back after their loss to Seattle. If the Sharks can grab an early lead at home, I think they can win this one.

BetOnline has San Jose listed as a -120 against the money line in this matchup. This implies that the Sharks will win this game around 54.6 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with San Jose at home. The Canucks are on a long winning streak and I think they are due for a loss. I really like the value on San Jose as slight favorites in this one.

The Bet
San Jose Sharks
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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