Dallas vs San Jose NHL Odds Analysis
On Saturday, the Dallas Stars visit the San Jose Sharks for some afternoon NHL action. The Sharks (41-27-6, 88 points) are in third place in the Pacific Division but just got tattooed at home by the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, 6-3. The Stars (44-22-9, 97 points) are in first place in the Central Division but just laid an egg in the desert, losing to the Arizona Coyotes by the score of 3-1. Check out the latest NHL betting spread soon.
Dallas Stars vs San Jose Sharks NHL Odds Analysis
When: Saturday, March 26, 2016, 4:00 PM ET
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA
TV: CSCA, FSSW
Radio: KTCK 1310 AM The Ticket
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Sharks?
One of the maddening things about hockey is that, while the standings separate over the course of the season, the bottom-feeders have a way of upsetting contenders more often than what you will see in the NBA. The Sharks are a solid playoff contender but just gave up a four-goal second period to an Oiler team 21 points beneath them in the standings — just two days after knocking off the St. Louis Blues (near the top of the West standings) 1-0 at home. In this case, you have to look at the numbers; the Sharks have a stout offense, ranking #3 in the NHL in goals (2.9 per game) and #3 on the power play (22.6%). The Stars have a way of playing porous defense, so the Sharks could get off to a big start and then put on a big win.
Why should you put your money on Dallas?
Why do bettors (and Dallas Stars fans) shake their fists at the green-clad crew? This group is #1 in the NHL in offense, with 3.2 goals per game. You could see that on Tuesday when they skated circles around the Chicago Blackhawks, rolling to a 6-2 win. However, they are 24th in the NHL in goals against (2.9). It is true that the defense has had some injuries, but this is a team that, all too often, simply decides that defense is optional, which hurts them in games that should be easy, as in Arizona, and could do the same in the postseason. If they aren’t careful against the Sharks, they could look up after six minutes and be down 2-0.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Stars to skate into San Jose and put up enough offense against a somewhat giving defense to keep the Sharks’ goals from making the difference. I’m picking a 5-3 Stars win.