We’ll be examining the NHL contest tonight between two Pacific Division rivals when the Sharks and Canucks square off. We invite you to read our insightful NHL betting preview article on this contest which culminates with a money line selection.
NHL Key Western Conference Matchup
The Vancouver Canucks will host the San Jose Sharks tonight in a key Western Conference battle at 10:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, the Canucks are a -150 money line favorite. The Sharks hold a precarious two point lead over the Canucks for 3rd place in the Pacific Division. However, the Canucks have played three games less than Sharks this season. The top three teams in each division will automatically qualify for the playoffs, and there will be two wild card spots being awarded in each conference. Although it’s still fairly early to be talking about playoff scenarios, this game tonight has some postseason implications with all being considered.
Head to Head Meetings
These two teams have met twice this season, both games took place in San Jose, and the Canucks skated away with wins on each occasion. Vancouver not only won those games by scores of 3-2 and 3-1, they also dominated those contests territorially, outshooting the Sharks by a cumulative margin of 68-40. Both games also stayed under the posted total.
Lack of Rest looms large for Sharks
Tonight will be the 3rd road game in four days for the San Jose Sharks. They were losers in each of the first two in this sequence, with the most recent coming at Calgary last night by a score of 3-1. San Jose is a dismal 1-6 this season when coming off a road loss by two goals or more.
Canucks need strong finish to Home Stand
Today will be the Canucks fourth of a six game in eleven day home stand. They’re coming off a potentially momentum building 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday over the Winnipeg Jets. Ryan Miller is slated to get the start in goal tonight for Vancouver. Although Miller has been less than sharp during his last four starts, he’s gone 24-13 this season, and that includes a solid 11-6 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
I firmly believe this situation sets up nicely for the Vancouver Canucks. They’re in the middle of an elongated home stand, and will be facing a division opponent playing with no rest while also losing each of their previous two games. My lean for one of my NHL picks on Thursday goes toward the home side.
NHL Pick: Play on Vancouver -150 over San Jose on the money line at Bookmaker.