Sharks Momentum to Hold Strong in New Jersey, Bet San Jose -145 with your NHL Picks

Swinging Johnson

Friday, October 16, 2015 2:43 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 2:43 PM UTC

The undefeated San Jose Sharks travel to New Jersey to face the winless Devils in this early season matchup. Let’s analyze the NHL odds and determine which side is poised to cash in our NHL picks.

San Jose Sharks (3-0, +3.4 units)
Martin Jones is thriving as a starting goaltender in the NHL and so too is his new team the San Jose Sharks. Jones had been a backup to Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles and was traded to Boston in the offseason who then turned around and shipped him to San Jose for a first-round pick in 2016 and a prospect. As of this moment the Sharks are happy they parted with both to fetch the 25-year-old netminder. Jones has been stellar in his first three games, all victories, registering two consecutive shutouts and stoning the opposition to the tune of 77 saves on 78 shots.

But Jones isn’t the only one thriving in San Jose under new coach Peter DeBoer. Depth has proven to be a huge asset early as nine players have scored over the three games thus far and the fourth line of Chris Tierney, Mike Brown and Barclay Goodrow contributing two goals in the Sharks’ 5-0 victory over Washington in their last outing.


New Jersey Devils (0-3, -3.0 units)
The Devils have a new head coach of their own in John Hynes, replacing Peter DeBoer who will be across the ice coaching their opponents tonight. But oftentimes the jockey can only be as good as the horse underneath him and right now the change of jockeys has not changed the speed of the horse as the Devils are winless headed into this clash with the streaking Sharks.

New Jersey has dropped their first three to Winnipeg, Washington and most recently Nashville. The silver lining may be that the Devils outshot the Predators 23-20 but gave up a goal on the power play and on the penalty killing unit in a 3-1 loss where the NHL odds makers installed them as +150 home underdogs.

Corey Schneider is expected back between the pipes after Keith Kincaid took over the goaltending chores while Schneider was away for the birth of his child. Schneider has 10 starts lifetime against the San Jose in which he has registered 3.39 goals against average.


NHL Picks
If you backed the Devils in your NHL picks in their previous two meetings with the Sharks occurring over the last two seasons then you would have felt the sting of 4-2 and 5-2 losses. This season appears no different than the others as the Sharks have a white hot goaltender in Martin Jones and depth that any team in the NHL would envy. In addition San Jose has the best team plus/minus ration with a goal differential of +11 in only three games on the young season.

There isn’t much room to make a case for the New Jersey Devils who seem destined to walk the same lonely path this season towards irrelevance. Perhaps the only fly in this ointment is the likely absence of Sharks center Logan Couture who was second on the team last season in points but has contributed only an assist in the early going. Couture sustained an injury in practice and is expected to sit this one out.

So there you have it. Two teams headed so early in opposite directions with the Devils unable to get anything going on the power play and just 7-for-11 on the penalty kill will have a monumental task keeping up with the high-flying Sharks and their brick wall manning the pipes in the form of Martin Jones.

NHL Pick: Sharks -145 at Pinnacle

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