Free NHL Picks for Ducks vs. Sharks

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, December 29, 2013 5:40 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 5:40 PM UTC

The Sharks host the Ducks on Sunday at the SAP Center in San Jose, California with the opening puck drop slated for 10:35 PM ET.

According to NHL betting odds the Sharks are -160 money line home favorite and the posted total in this game is 5.5. The home team has won 6 of the last 7 meetings between these teams. These clubs have seen just 14 of their last 48 head-to-head confrontations go over the total.

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Top Two in the Pacific

The Anaheim Ducks are currently sitting on top of the Pacific Division. They lead tonight’s opponent, the 2nd place San Jose Sharks, by 7-points. Anaheim is tied with Chicago for 1st overall in the Western Conference. The Sharks are currently tied for 4th overall in the West.

Strong Home Ice Advantage

The San Jose Sharks have been outstanding at home this season. They’ve earned at least 1-point in 16 of their 17-games played at the SAP Center, have lost just 1 of those 17-games during regulation time. The Sharks enter tonight having won their last 3-games in a row, and oddly enough all 3 of those games were decided in an overtime shootout.

Under the Radar Offensively

The Sharks might not get the attention that Pittsburgh or Chicago receives for the offensive firepower, but the numbers say that they should. San Jose averages 3.1 goals per game which is 4th best in the NHL, and they top the league by averaging 36.3 shots on goal per contest. The Sharks have gone under the total in just 1 of their last 11-games following a win.

Inside the Sharks Number

  • The Sharks are 9-0 at home in the last 2 seasons versus opponents that 2.55 goals or less per game.

  • The Sharks are 8-0 at home this season following a win in their previous game.

  • The Sharks have gone over the total in 10 of 14-games this season after winning their previous 2-games.

  • The Sharks have gone over the total in 8 of 10-games this season, versus teams that average 3 or more shots on goal per game than their opponents.

Sizzling Hot Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks enter tonight having won their last 10-games in a row. They’ve also earned at least 1-point in their last 13, and 16 of their last 17 overall. The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 overtime home win versus the Phoenix Coyotes last night. After squandering a 2-goal 3rd period lead, and allowing the Coyotes to tie the game with just 0:44 to play in regulation time, the 39-year old veteran Saku Koivu scored his 7th goal of the season just 0:51 into the overtime period to secure the win for the Ducks.

Inside the Ducks Numbers

  • The Ducks have gone 20-5 this season versus teams that allow their opponents to convert on 17.5% or more of their power play chances.

  • The Ducks have gone 17-5 this season versus opponents that convert on 17.5% or better on their power play chances.

  • The Ducks are 9-1 this season when playing their 2nd game in the last 5-days.

  • The Ducks are an extremely profitable 13-1 this season following a 1-goal win.

  • The Ducks are 22-5 this season following a game that they earned at least 1-point in the standings.

  • The Ducks have gone under the total in 15 of their 20-games this season, after winning their previous 3-games.

NHL Betting System

Any road team that averages 5 or more assists per game, and had an average of 8 or more shots on goal than their opponents in each of their last 3-games, has gone 29-8 (78.4%) versus the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. Take Anaheim over San Jose for your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Anaheim +140 over San Jose

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