Moving on to Saturday…
Sharks -1 -106
The Anaheim Ducks (6-6-1) are in a tough spot tonight. Last night, they were manhandled by Nashville at the Honda Center in Anaheim, ultimately falling 5-3. On Monday, a struggling Toronto Maple Leaf team edged them on a late goal by Patrick Marleau. A big reason for the Ducks’ struggles is, plain and simple, injuries. Their top two centers, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler, are on injured reserve. Furthermore, their backbone from the blue line, Cam Fowler, is also on injured reserve. The Ducks still have a competitive group, but the chips will be stacked against them tonight in San Jose, as the Sharks have won three consecutive games.
If you throw out the Sharks’ 5-3 defeat on the tail end of a back-to-back, the Sharks’ defense and goaltending has been lights out, allowing just 2, 0, 1, 2, 2, 2, and 1 goals in their most recent games. It is difficult to see where the Ducks will get their scoring from. Corey Perry left last night’s game to an upper body injury, and his status is up in the air. Anaheim figures to start aging veteran Ryan Miller, who went 0-4 (3.29 GAA, .886 SV%) against the Sharks as a member of the Vancouver Canucks last season. Miller was a disaster on the road, picking up just five wins in 22 starts.
While the Ducks have had the better of the Sharks in recent meetings (6-0-2), the team that Randy Carlyle will have available to him tonight is a shell of the one that made it to the Western Conference Finals a season ago. The Sharks are winning even without Brent Burns duplicating his incredible 2016-17 Norris Trophy campaign. If he gets going, look out. The Sharks are in a great spot to pick up their fourth consecutive victory.
Fair Odds: Sharks -1 -115
If you don’t have access to -1 NHL lines, you can create one yourself; simply split your risk on the money line and puck line to cancel each other out in the event San Jose wins by a single goal. For example, for one unit risk:
Risk 0.62 to win 0.38 on ML -165
Risk 0.38 to win 0.62 on PL -1.5 +165
There are also online calculators you can use, such as this one.
- Rangers +105
YTD: 14-12 +1.3 units