San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators NHL Pick – April 12

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey throughout April 12. Fourteen games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators. These two teams have had opposite records on the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

San Jose has earned a record of 29-33-9 throughout this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Pacific division. The Sharks have lost six games in a row and ten of their last thirteen. San Jose has fallen out of the playoff picture, but will look to play spoiler down the stretch. I expect the Sharks to come out fast in this one.

The Predators have put up a record of 41-26-5 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Central division. Nashville has lost their last two games and three of their last five. The Predators have a one point lead on the top wild card spot entering this one. Nashville will look for a huge two points at home on Tuesday night.

These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look for a big win in this one. The Sharks have struggled a bit in their last slate of games, but will look to get back on track. Nashville has been faltering as well and will look to finish the season strong. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
San Jose Sharks +170 Over 5 ½ (-115)
Nashville Predators -200 Under 5 ½ (-105)

 

Team Data San Jose Sharks Nashville Predators
Overall Record 29-33-9 41-26-5
Away/ Home Record 13-17-4 22-12-0
Goals Per Game 2.59 3.25
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.62 3.21
Save Percentage .901 .910
Save Percentage Away/ Home .905 .920

Betting Trends

San Jose Sharks

  • 0-4 in April
  • 9-8 on Tuesday nights
  • 5-8 when playing on two days rest
  • 5-16 after a divisional game
  • 13-13 after allowing four or more goals
  • 12-15 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 4-7 after three or more straight losses
  • 13-28 against team with a winning record

Nashville Predators

  • 2-3 in April
  • 14-4 on Tuesday nights
  • 17-13 after non-Conference game
  • 0-2 after three or more straight overs
  • 21-9 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up twice throughout the season. Nashville hosted the first game on October 26. Roman Josi had two assists, while Juuse Saros stopped 28 of 29 shots in the 3-1 win. The second game shifted to San Jose on March 5. Josi had four assists, while Michael McCarron had two goals and two assists. Saros earned a 20 shot shutout as the Predators won 8-0 on the road.

Special Teams

The Sharks have been strong on the penalty kill throughout the season. San Jose has capitalized on 37 of their 196 power play chances, which is an 18.9 percent power play. The Sharks have killed off 164 of their opponents 191 power play attempts, which is an 85.9 percent kill rate. San Jose is 23rd on the man advantage and 3rd on the penalty kill.

Nashville has been solid on both sides of special teams on the season. The Predators have scored on 54 of their 222 power play opportunities, which is a 24.3 percent success rate. Nashville has given up 49 power play goals on 248 penalties against, which is an 80.2 percent penalty kill. The Predators are 6th on the power play and 14th on the kill this season.

These two teams have been solid on special teams throughout the season. The Predators have been better on the power play, while San Jose’s penalty kill has been really strong. Nashville will look for their power play to break through early. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

James Reimer will likely 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 .915 save percentage and a GAA of 2.77 in those starts. Reimer’s last start was against the Calgary Flames. He stopped 32 of 35 shots in the losing effort.

I expect Juuse Saros to get the nod between the pipes for the Predators on Tuesday night. Saros has started in 60 games this season, going 35-22-3 in those games played. He has put up a save percentage of .921 and a 2.55 GAA in his outings. Saros finished with 21 saves on 23 shots in his last start against the Florida Panthers, which was not enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Saros has been better on the season and has won four of his last six starts. Reimer has lost his last four starts and will look to bounce back in this one. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look for a big win in this one. The Sharks will look to bounce back with a win to end this losing streak. San Jose dropped the first two games to the Predators by a combined score of 11-1. If the Sharks can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Bovada has Nashville listed as a -200 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Predators will win this game around 66.7 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Nashville struggling on the season. If the Sharks can step up early, I think they can grab the win. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on San Jose.

The Bet
San Jose Sharks
+170
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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