Sharks-Canucks to Grind Out a Plus Money ‘Under’

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Dana Lane

Sunday, April 2, 2017 8:03 PM GMT

The Sharks have produced 6 ‘unders’ when playing on one day rest, in their last 12 games, with 5 ‘pushes’.  That’s a 6-1-5 record to the under because most of their totals are 5’s, but getting plus money to coincide with a solid trend always persuades me to ignore the small number.

San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks

We’re seeing a typical response from the public. Post the opening number at 5 and watch the money go to the ‘over’ no matter the circumstances.

Today is no exception as we see 83% of all tickets written coming in on the ‘over’. Reason being is most feel that at worst they’ll get a push because most games fall in that five-goal area. Only when we get to the playoffs does the public start the trend of betting games to go ‘under’ with posted 5’s because people know they’re getting two solid goaltenders on most nights.

Many feel like a trip to Vancouver may be the best cure for what ails the San Jose Sharks who have dropped eight of their last nine games, but I tend to see a team for what they are and not try to guess when they’ll find their groove again.

What I see is a team that has given up 26 goals in their last five games but we can't lay the blame at the feet of Martin Jones or Aaron Dell.  

It’s been a team effort, from defensemen not getting pucks up to the forwards quick enough leading to mistakes in their own end to their inability to sustain offensive pressure long enough to take some heat off of them on the defensive end.

As I watch the Sharks defend I know that’s’ the part of the game that feeds all other aspects. It’s the part of the game that comes back quicker in a slump than the offensive side because that part can improve with a renewed commitment level. 

A better offensive effort is more about hockey IQ and trust in your own game.  Offensive groove comes and goes so when a team is in a slump I tend to focus on them as a good ‘under’ play because usually, the first step to ending a drought is a commitment to playing better on defense. 

I think the Sharks shut down the Canucks tonight while the offense still lags behind for now.

 

Free NHL Pick: Under 5Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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