According to current NHL betting odds the Sharks are a -120 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. San Jose has won 6 of their last 8 meetings with Detroit.
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The San Jose Sharks have began the season by winning 7 of their first 8 while also earning 15 out of a possible 16-points. This will be the Sharks first of a 5-game road trip in 10-days. They come off a decisive 6-3 home win over Calgary on Saturday night. Joe Pavelski led the way with 2 power plays goals and also added 2-assists in the win. San Jose is averaging 4.9 goals and 40.2 shots per game which is best in the NHL for both categories. Antti Niemi has been solid in goal starting all 8-games while posting a 1.86 GAA and a .921 save percentage. San Jose has an unbelievable +3.0 goal per game differential thus far. They’ve gone over the total in their last 3-games with a combined average of 8.0 goals per contest scored.
Stable and Solid
The Detroit Red Wings organization has been consistent and successful as any in the NHL over the last 20 seasons. They’re off to a nice 6-3 start to the year and they’ve done it with disciplined and fundamentally sound play. This will be the first of a 3-game home stand which will also see them host the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers. The Red Wings have won 3 of their first 4 home games. They come off a 5-2 road loss at Phoenix on Saturday that was preceded by handing Colorado its first loss of the season 4-2 last Thursday on the road. Saturday’s loss to Phoenix snapped a 4-game winning streak. The Red Wings have gone over the total in just 3 of their last 18 games after allowing 5-goals or more in their previous game.
My intuition strongly suggests that the Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock will come up with one of his many masterful game plans to neutralize the strength of the opponent. Detroit can ill afford to get into a wide open run and gun type game with a team as offensively talented as San Jose. The Sharks on the other hand have proven that they can play any style that you prefer and still be successful in doing so. As part of my daily NHL picks my lean is toward the low side on this game.
Free Pick: San Jose/Detroit to go under 5.5