The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey throughout Saturday. Twelve games are up on the board throughout April 9. One of these games will be between the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have struggled throughout the season, but will look to finish the season strong. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
San Jose has earned a record of 29-32-9 throughout this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Pacific division. The Sharks have lost five games in a row and six of their last seven. San Jose has fallen out of the playoff picture, but will look to finish the season strong. The Sharks will look to grab a big two points on the road in this one.
The Canucks have put up a record of 34-28-10 so far this season, which has them in fifth place of the Pacific division. Vancouver has won two games in a row, but had lost three in a row before that. The Canucks are six points out of a wild card spot, but have played two extra games. Vancouver will look to finish this season strong.
These two teams have struggled a bit throughout the season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Canucks have been the better team as of late as they try to remain in the playoff race. San Jose has struggled a bit later in the season, but will look to play spoiler. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|San Jose Sharks||+1 ½ (-200)||+120||Over 5 ½ (-115)|
|Vancouver Canucks||-1 ½ (+170)||-140||Under 5 ½ (-105)|
|Team Data||San Jose Sharks||Vancouver Canucks|
|Away/ Home Record||13-16-4||14-14-6|
|Goals Per Game||2.60||2.85|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||2.64||2.71|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.906||.916|
San Jose Sharks
- 0-3 in April
- 6-9 on Saturday’s
- 8-13 against division
- 5-15 after a divisional game
- 13-12 after allowing four or more goals
- 12-14 after a loss by two or more goals
- 4-6 after three or more straight losses
- 14-12 against team with a losing record
- 2-1 in April
- 5-8 on Saturday’s
- 9-11 against divisional opponents
- 8-13 after a win by two or more goals
- 12-13 after scoring four or more goals
- 16-12 against team with a losing record
These two teams have met up twice throughout the season. San Jose hosted the first game on December 16. J.T. Miller had a goal and two assists, while Brock Boeser had two goals. The Canucks earned a 5-2 win. The second game stayed in San Jose on February 17. Quinn Hughes and Miller both had a goal and an assist as Vancouver won 5-4 in overtime.
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— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 8, 2022
The Sharks have been strong on the penalty kill throughout the season. San Jose has scored on 36 of their 191 power play chances, which is an 18.9 percent power play. The Sharks have killed off 157 of their opponents 184 power play attempts, which is an 85.3 percent kill rate. San Jose is 23rd on the power play and 3rd on the kill this season.
Vancouver has had a solid power play unit on the season. The Canucks have capitalized on 50 of their 217 power play opportunities, which is a 23 percent success rate. Vancouver has given up 53 power play goals on 201 penalties against, which is a 73.6 percent penalty kill. The Canucks are 11th on the man advantage and 30th on the penalty kill.
These two teams match up well on special teams in this one. The Canucks have been strong on the power play, but will have a tough task against San Jose’s penalty kill. The Sharks have been struggling a bit on the power play, but will look to get going against Vancouver’s kill. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could give them the edge.
I expect James Reimer to get the start in the crease for San Jose in this one. Reimer has earned a record of 18-16-7 throughout his 41 starts on the season. He has posted a save percentage of .915 and a 2.77 GAA in his starts. Reimer finished with 32 saves on 35 shots in his last start against the Calgary Flames, which was not enough for the win.
Thatcher Demko will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Canucks on Saturday night. Demko has started in 55 games this season, going 29-20-6 in those games. He has put up a .917 save percentage and a GAA of 2.66 in those outings. Demko’s last start was against the Vegas Golden Knights. He stopped 33 of 34 shots in the win.
These two goalies have been strong throughout this season and will look to give their team the edge. Reimer has lost four games in a row entering this one. Demko is coming off a win, but has lost six of his last eight. Both goalies will look to come out quickly in this one. If either goalie can get into a rhythm early, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams are likely to miss the postseason, but will look for a big win in this one. The Sharks have lost the first two games of the season series against Vancouver, but I think they can end with a win. San Jose has the edge on special teams and match up well in net. If the Sharks can grab an early lead on the road, I think they can win this one.
Bovada has Vancouver listed as a -140 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Canucks will win this game around 58.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams putting up similar records. The Sharks will look to end their losing streak in this one. As underdogs, I like the value on San Jose.