The Dallas Stars head west after tacking on another win against the Blues on a Friday night. It was a close one, but they held on for a 2-1 win, giving them their sixth win in the last seven games. They need to keep it up, because it’s going to be close for a wildcard. They may have a nice record of 34-20-2, but in the NHL, there are teams with nice records that still have to sit the playoffs out. The Stars are 3rd in the Central, but it isn’t a comfortable feeling. The difference between that and the final wildcard is just 3 points.
This recent resurgence from them lately has helped them out immensely, but there is going to come a point when they regress a bit. They aren’t going to keep winning at this pace, so they must hope it doesn’t come to a halt at the wrong time. Despite all of the winning they’ve been doing, there are others breathing down their necks. The defence has done a fine job getting the Stars going in this direction. Ben Bishop has provided a steady hand in net as well.
For the San Jose Sharks, they’re only two years removed from an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. The public sort of forgot that season, but I suppose that’s what happens when you come in second place. The Penguins were able to oust the Sharks in six games and they’ve reverted back to a team not many people believe in. How many people can you find that are saying they’re going back to the finals? Yeah, not a whole lot. The Sharks are currently 2nd in the Pacific with a record of 31-19-8 and 70 points. In other words, they’re right there on the fence with the Stars. Head below for our free Stars vs. Sharks pick, which is an important matchup for both of these teams.
Dallas Stars vs. San Jose Sharks Pick
The Sharks are coming off an easy 4-1 win over the Canucks on Thursday, so they’ve had some extra rest for tonight. It was their third win in the last four games, the other two wins coming against the Oilers and Ducks. What a fall from grace it’s been for the Oilers this season. The Sharks have been a well-balanced team this year, doing a little bit of everything consistently.
Netminder Martin Jones has been fine in net, with a 2.56 GAA and 0.915 save percentage. What worries me here for Jones, though, is that the Stars have lit him up in his career. He holds a 3.46 GAA and 0.87 save percentage in five appearances. If there is anything the Sharks struggle against, it’s teams with speed up front. It is no surprise that the Stars’ offence has had success over the Sharks. Ben Bishop has been okay, but not great against the Sharks, with a 2.83 GAA and 0.913 save percentage. In their last two meetings, the Stars have scored 12 goals, 6 in each. Note that the Stars’ offence has been playing well lately, averaging 3.14 goals per game.
Other than that stinker against the Canucks, they have been putting the puck in the net. In their last ten meetings against the Sharks, they have scored an average of 3.6 goals per game on them. In total, there was an average of 6.2 goals score per game. There was only one game that went UNDER, as the OVER has gone 9-1 in the last ten games between the Stars and Sharks. Additionally, the OVER is 4-0 in their last four meetings in San Jose. It’s hard to go against those numbers tonight in California.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)