The San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes tangle on Friday night to get the weekend started. The Hurricanes are coming off a rocking chair win against the Red Wings, as they beat up on them for a 3-1 final in Detroit. They return home to face a Sharks team who are playing solid hockey to start the year. The Sharks are also feeling good after dispatching the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.
Nashville have lost only two games all season long, as they look locked and loaded to repeat as the top team in the NHL regular season. As we’ve found out numerous times, that doesn’t equate to winning a Stanley Cup, though. The Preds were stopped by the Jets in the most recent playoffs. In any event, it was a good win for the Sharks and a confidence booster for sure.
I don’t know what you want to categorize a win over the Red Wings as, but the Wings are going to win games against teams who overlook them. That’s going to be their main vehicle to winning games. Note that the Sharks and Hurricanes enter Friday night with identical records of 5-3-1. Even more identical is their style of play.
Both want to place up-tempo and fast hockey. This was not the case for either of them some years ago. It was primarily lay back and play a defensive game. The Sharks, in particular, have been a team who want to get up the ice and create offence. Case in point, the Sharks have outshot every team they’ve played this season. Same for the Hurricanes, who have been drilling the net at a pretty impressive clip. Head below for our free Sharks vs. Hurricanes pick.
San Jose Sharks vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick
The Sharks are averaging a whopping 38.1 shots on net per game this season. That would top every team in the NHL except one, the Hurricanes. The Sharks are 2nd in the league in shots, while the Hurricanes are 1st with 41.8 shots per game. Along the way, the Hurricanes have run into a few hot goaltenders, but they have let up with getting the pucks on net. One of those games was against Varlamov, who has been shutting down nearly every team to open the season in October. The Hurricanes are averaging 3.22 goals per game due in part to their style of hockey with pushing the puck.
Their opponents are going to want to do the same thing. The Predators appeared to be caught off-guard by the speed of the Sharks, as they took a 5-4 loss against them the other day. San Jose have buried at least 4 goals in their last three games. Overall, they’re averaging 3.44 goals per game this season. The OVER has gone 5-2 between the Sharks and Hurricanes in their previous seven meetings. In what should be an up and down the ice effort with these two clubs on the ice, there will be many goal scoring chances. Consider a play on the OVER in Carolina between the Sharks and Hurricanes on Friday night.