The San Jose Sharks look to pick up another win in western Canada, as they pay a visit to the Vancouver Canucks. They recently knocked off the Flames by a score of 3-2 for their third win in the last four games. The Sharks have been quietly producing, and enter Friday night with a record of 17-10-2. It seems so long ago, but the Sharks made an appearance in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguin. It was quite the run for the Sharks, and it almost felt like it was destiny for them to win it all. Instead, Sidney Crosby blocked that attempt and won himself another Stanley Cup. They’ve been known to be chokers in the playoffs, but pushing the Pens in the finals was nothing to be ashamed of.
The Sharks said goodbye to Patrick Marleau in the offseason, breaking up the big 3 of Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, and Marleau. It was weird seeing Marleau in a Maple Leafs jersey at first, and weird seeing the Sharks without Marleau. He may not be the younger version, but he has been helping the Leafs out nicely. The Canucks are coming off an absolute humiliating performance against the Nashville Predators.
The Preds aren’t a bad team, but 7-1? Yikes. Effort looked like an issue, as the Predators beat them to every puck on the evening. Also, they’ve been suffering key injuries lately. That’s just a part of the game, but the Canucks don’t have much depth, so when you take out two goal scorers like Horvat and Baertschi, it hurts the offence. Head below for our free Sharks vs. Canucks pick on Friday night.
San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick
The 7-1 loss to the Predators represented their fourth straight loss in a row. Their depth is getting tested, but it hasn’t been working out for the better. During those for games, they scored 1 goal each in three of the four. In the other game, they scored just 2 goals. The Preds are a good team, but the others were winnable games against the Flyers, Flames, and Jets. The Flyers were on a massive losing streak before playing the Canucks to put an end to it. In their last ten games, the Canucks have averaged only 2.2 goals per game. In comparison, the Sharks averaged 3.2 per game.
The Canucks will have to find creative ways to score goals on the Sharks. They are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL, with 2.3 goals allowed per game, 2nd in the NHL. In that regard, the Canuck offence against the San Jose defence seems to be a mismatch. The Sharks tend to struggle against teams with speed, which isn’t the Canucks. Overall, this series has been a mismatch, with the Sharks going 21-6 over the Canucks in their last 27 meetings. I just don’t see where the offence is going to come for the Canucks on Friday night, or in the near future. I would take a look at San Jose in the NHL.
PICK: SHARKS (-120)