Sharks To Hunt Down the Panthers In NHL Nightcap

Dana Lane

Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:25 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 3:25 PM UTC

The Florida Panthers start their West Coast trip with a visit to the SAP Center in San Jose, California; Pucks drops at 10:30 ET / 7:30 PT

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Free NHL Pick: San Jose Sharks -145Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Last night we cashed our fourth straight 10 unit winner when the Anaheim Ducks dismantled the Boston Bruins, 4-2. One of the major factors, besides injuries, was the fact it was the first game on a West Coast road trip after making the long trip from the East Coast. We have the same situation tonight so there is no reason to handicap this game any different. This is actually a little better position for our money because this will be the Panthers fourth game on the road in their last five. The lone home game still acts as a road game because they traveled back to Florida from New Jersey and then turn right around to get back out on the road.

I know I’m asking my followers to lay a little juice in this but do we want winners or are we trying to be cute because we’re afraid to lay 1.45. Don’t get me wrong we always want to get the best value for our money but the truth is the smaller the price the more even the two teams involved. I’ll lay a price knowing the team I’m wagering on is clearly the better of the two clubs. Of course there’s a limit, it doesn’t mean go out and bet -200 favorites. My rule is stay under -150 on the NHL odds, different for others, but that’s my rule which has served me well.

Early betting indicates that the general public will also be on the Sharks which means we must jump on this game early before betting pushes this number higher.

Sometimes wagering shouldn’t go any further than knowing the Florida Panthers are one of the wort teams in the NHL and trends don’t indicate that this is a good spot for Bob Boughner’s team. The Panthers have been horrible against the better teams in the league, dropping 13 of their last 18 games against teams with a winning record and are just 5-16 in their last 21 games with one days rest. San Jose has won 6 of their last 7 games, with the only loss being against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and they’ve historically been sensational against teams with a less than .500 record.

Martin Jones will most likely get the start for the Sharks in goal but whether it’s Jones or back-up Aaron Dell I’m confident that either will have little problem with Florida. Combined both net-minders have a save percentage of .928 to go along with their 2.08 goals against average. Their spectacular play has pushed the Sharks to the top of the league in goals allowed per game (2.25). In front of their goaltenders the team has allowed just 28.8 shots per game, ranking them second.

I’m getting an easy winner with a great defensive team against a team that has been on the road for eight days and now they’re being asked to fly to Northern California to get a win. I don’t think so.

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