San Jose Sharks Should Continue Their Trend of UNDERS

San Jose Betting Odds

Dana Lane

Monday, December 18, 2017 1:13 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 1:13 PM GMT

The Sharks look to extend their win streak to six games when they visit Rogers Place to take on the Oilers; Puck drops at 9:00 ET / 6:00 PT

Free NHL Picks: UNDER
Best Line is (-113) Offered at Pinnacle
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Last night, the Winnipeg Jets gained some revenge on the St. Louis Blues with a convincing 4-0 victory. The win gave us our fourth straight winner as the bankroll continues to grow. Tonight, we stay in Canada in an effort to produce our fifth straight winner.

If forced to pick a side I would lean towards to Sharks but we don’t give recommendations on leans, especially when the TOTAL provides an attractive option. Nine of the Sharks last 12 games have gone UNDER the TOTAL and the Oilers have always been a solid UNDER play off of a win. So, UNDER it is for us.

According to the SBR website, both the general public and professionals are betting the OVER. The UNDER opened at -125 on most betting odds boards but was quickly bet down because of the abundance of OVER money. Good news for us.

This will be the first meeting since the Edmonton Oilers knocked out San Jose Sharks in last year’s playoffs. That first round series produced four UNDERS in six games including two of three UNDERS at Rogers Place. This will have a playoff feel to it and that means an emphasis on defense with neither team wanting to give an inch.

The Sharks lack of offense has led to 21 UNDERS in 31 games with a push overall and 10 of 14 on the road. Some of their problems stem from injuries and now the Sharks will be without Logan Couture who suffered a concussion on Friday. That means the Sharks first line center is out. That’s the position teams have the hardest time overcoming. It’s similar to a football team losing their starting quarterback. Couture is their top line center who will be replaced by Jannick Hansen. Couture’s injury is also a big loss for the Sharks power play.

The top line of Joe Thornton, Melker Karlsson, and Joe Pavelski has produced just 16 goals in 81 combined games. By comparison, the Tampa Bay Lightning top three has produced 48 goals.

The Oilers offense has been difficult to rely on even though they have been an OVER team by the slightest of margins. Their power play is a mess, so much so that they are giving Jesse Puljujarvi on the unit to see if he can the provide the league’s 22nd ranked power play with a spark.

If you take out the six-goal win against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Oilers have scored just 10 goals in their last six home games, including two shutouts. They seem to be playing very tentative at home, afraid to make mistakes.

Let’s jump on the UNDER for our NHL picks, because the Sharks can’t score and the Oilers are playing scared at home.

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