Bet Sharks to End Penguins' Road Trip on a Salty Note

Dana Lane

Saturday, January 20, 2018 6:37 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 6:37 PM UTC

Will Sharks domination against the Metropolitan Division continue at the SAP Center; Puck drops at 8:00 ET/5:00 PT

Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks

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Free NHL Pick: San Jose Sharks -115Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

Huge win again last night when Aaron Ekblad beat Malcom Subban in overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. That goal cashed another winner for my readers as we’re continuing this scorching pace in 2018. I’m on the road in Salt Lake City right now and the snow hasn’t stopped falling. Not sure how well this Vegas boy will drive in this but it’s inspired me to get another NHL winner so let’s get to it.

It seems like everyone is getting beat by the Colorado Avalanche these days but it wasn’t that the final score that impressed me about the Sharks 5-3 loss on Thursday, it was how they finished. After spotting the Avalanche to a 4-0 lead the Sharks were clearly the better of the two teams outscoring Colorado 3-1. The Sharks were beaten by Jonathan Bernier who needed a 45 save effort to get the victory. Unlike Bernier, Martin Jones had a horrific 1st period allowing 3 goals on just 9 shots. Make no mistake Pete DeBoer’s team tilted the ice Thursday. Don’t take this final score in account one bit. They got beat by a hot netminder, plain and simple. I know it doesn’t count but there is no reason the Sharks three game winning streak shouldn’t be sitting on four right now.

I’m rushing through because someone forgot to bring the computer charger on a road trip which means tomorrows column will be done via phone which is a lot of fun.

I currently have the Sharks as my fourth ranked team in my latest power rankings. They’ve been led by the ageless Joe Thornton who has been a pillar of strength for the Sharks since is arrival in 2005. At 38, Thornton has 33 points in 44 games; incredible considering he had knee surgery 8 months ago. He is still their top line center and he’s still making his line-mates better. On his left is Timo Meier who has 5 points in his last 10 games. To the right is Joe Pavelski with 8 points in his last 10. This line is in a great spot to neutralize the Penguins strengths; the Crosby line but that’s a top line that has a lot of question marks. Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong are on his wing now. Quick tell me if you’ve ever heard of those guys.

San Jose will also have the potential luxury of the Penguins looking forward to getting home which they’ll do after this one ends.

Jump on the Sharks at a generous price.

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