Devils vs. Sharks NHL Picks: Bet 'Over' 5 At "The Tank"

Mark Lathrop

Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:52 PM GMT

Our NHL handicapper spots a strong O/U trend in this game between Devils and Sharks. Read on as he uncovers the NHL Odds in this league's matchup!

In this matchup between teams that are trending in different directions, the San Jose Sharks (37-23-9, 80 pts) host the New Jersey Devils (31-29-7) on Thursday night at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Devils come into this game losers of 8 of their last 10, and as such have been listed as heavy underdogs with the money line favoring San Jose at -245 at Pinnacle. The Puck Line is a little more reasonable, with New Jersey paying out -135 at Pinnacle when getting 1.5 goals. The O/U in this game has opened at 5 at BetOnline, with the early action on the under taking the juice from +113 to +101.

 

Devils Sneak Peek
The New Jersey Devils find themselves nearly in the basement of the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division, but with their winning record and 69 points are only 6 points back of a Wild Card spot in the conference. However, if they can’t get their offense going that won’t matter much as the Devils have averaged 1.8 goals per game in their last five and have allowed 4.2 goals per game over the same period.

With starting goalie Cory Schneider out due to injury look for backup net minder, Keith Kinkaid, to get the start in this game. Kinkaid has been kind of serviceable this year starting in place of Schneider, as the Devils are 5-7 SU in his starts. He has allowed an average of 4.16 goals per game in his six starts on the road though, with the Over going 5-0-1 in those road starts. Kinkaid last started on Sunday as the Pittsburgh Penguins mauled the Devils by a score of 6-1, with the backup goalie giving up all six goals.

 

Sharks Overview
San Jose is only 3 points behind Pacific Division leading Anaheim, and 18 points ahead of the 4th place Vancouver Canucks, so it appears they have a playoff spot locked up at the moment. The Sharks are exhibiting a strange home-away split so far this year, with a 25-9-3 record on the road and a 12-14-3 record at the SAP Center. That home record is good for a -13.8-unit consequence for backers of the Sharks at home.

San Jose is 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games though, and are coming into this game after a successful trip to Canada where they beat Calgary and Edmonton. That game against the Edmonton Oilers was a 3-0 shutout, with San Jose goalie James Reimer notching 31 saves in the winning effort.

                                                                                                                        

Final Analysis
Sharks starting goalie, Martin Jones, should be in the crease for the game against the Devils though, after making a career-high 47 saves in the win against Calgary – his 4th straight. Jones hasn’t allowed more than 2 goals in five straight games, and owns a 2.29 goals against average on the year. He is also carrying a 33-17-4 record this season with five shutouts. Check out all NHL odds boards to help you make a decision on this one! 

With the clear advantage in goaltending going to San Jose in this game, one can explain the steep money line spread that backers of the Sharks have to pay. I don’t want to pay up for that, like the tasty 5-0-1 trend behind Kinkaid and the over on the road. Jones is also 13-9 O-U at home as well, which brings more value to the situation. Take over 5 goals in this game at Heritage as your Thursday NHL pick.

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Free NHL Pick: Over 5 (-108)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle