NHL Picks Sharks vs. Blackhawks to go Under

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, January 5, 2014 4:42 PM GMT

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 4:42 PM GMT

A couple of Western Conference heavyweights get together on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Sharks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The opening puck drop is scheduled for 8:05 PM ET.

San Jose Sharks @ Chicago Blackhawks

According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -155 money line home favorite and the posted total is 6.0. The home team has won 12 of the last 14 meetings between these two clubs. Chicago has won the last 6 at home versus San Jose.

The Standings

Chicago is currently 1st in the Central Division 2-points ahead of the 2nd place St. Louis Blues. That lead may be a bit deceiving since the Blues have played 3 fewer games than the Hawks at this point of the season. Chicago is also 1st overall in the Western Conference with a slim 1-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks.

San Jose enters tonight 2nd in the Pacific Division 7-points behind the 1st place Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks are also 4th overall in the Western Conference.

Scoring Frenzy for Sharks Games

San Jose has gone over the sportsbook's total in 5 of their last 6 played, and have gone under the total in just 16 of their last 22-games overall. They’ve scored 3-goals or more in each of their last 7-games, and have allowed 3-goals or more in 9 of their last 15 outings. The Sharks are 4th in the NHL averaging 3.2 goals per game, and is tops in the leagues averaging 35.9 shots on net per contest. The Sharks Joe Thornton is tied for 3rd in the NHL scoring race with 47-points. The posted total of 6.0 tonight is the highest that San Jose has seen this season.

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High Flying Hawks

Chicago is best in the NHL averaging 3.7 goals per game. The Hawks are also 3rd in the NHL on the power play converting on 24.3% of their chances, and are also 3rd in the league averaging 33.0 shots on net per contest. Chicago has scored 5-goals or more in 4 of their last 6-games. They come off a 5-3 road win at New Jersey on Friday. The Hawks have gone over the total in 14 of their 19-games this season following a game in which they scored 4 or more goals. They’ve also gone an extremely profitable 38-14 in their last 52-games after scoring 5-goals or more in their previous outing. Excluding pushes Chicago has gone over the total in 24 of their last 35. This will be the Hawks 3rd game in the last 4-days, and they’ve gone 20-7 in their last 27 in that role. Similar to the San Jose Sharks, the posted total of 6.0 for tonight’s game this will be the highest that the Hawks have seen this season.

NHL Betting System

Any road team with a total of 6.0 or more, that’s playing with same season revenge stemming from a road loss, and they’re coming off a 1-goal loss in their previous game, has seen 44 of those 62-games (71%) go under the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season. With those numbers to consider, we'll back the under for our NHL pick.

Free Pick: San Jose/Chicago to go under the total of 6.0

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