Sharks to Push Ducks to Brink of Elimination in Game 3 Monday

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Dana Lane

Sunday, April 15, 2018 4:11 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018 4:11 PM UTC

Anaheim has dropped four straight meetings against their state rival and 10 of the last 14 in San Jose. No reason to think anything will change when the opening-round series resumes.

NHL Monday: Ducks vs. SharksFree NHL Pick: Sharks 5, -105Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Of all the playoff teams, the San Jose Sharks are in the best position to move on to the next round. There’s an old saying that states that a series doesn’t start until you beat a team on the road. Well, the Sharks are home with a 2-0 lead after sweeping the first two games in Anaheim. Game 3 is Monday night at 10:30 ET on CNBC.

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The Tank is going to be lit on Monday for Game 3.

Don't even think about missing it: https://t.co/2eRd5g2BIi pic.twitter.com/ED3yJo0kxo

— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 15, 2018
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A glance at the NHL odds board shows the Sharks opening as -151 favorites, but that was bet down to a manageable -140 at various books. You know my rule is nothing over -150, no matter how much I like the Sharks. But when it dropped to its current state, I jumped on it with my NHL picks. This movement is nothing more than the public betting the "due" theory, a thought process that kills bankrolls. The total opened at 5, -130 (under) with early money driving it to -105 each way with bettors going with the "over." I thought we might not see such volatile movement with this because there hasn’t been a game go "over" the total yet, but Saturday’s push was obviously too close for comfort.

The postseason is all about killer instinct. All the great teams and players have it; the Ducks do not. After taking a 1-0 lead in Game 2 they sat back and allowed the Sharks to score three unanswered goals to take a an insurmountable lead. Now they’re being asked to go on the road and find another level to their game. When teams are getting beat physically and mentally, we see undisciplined play and we have to go no further than the cheap hit by Corey Perry on Melker Karlsson with less than 4 minutes left in a one-goal game. The hit resulted in an interference penalty but was an example of the Ducks frustration.

Martin Jones has been rarely tested, but when needed he has stepped up to ensure the Sharks would own this series. Jones has allowed just 2 goals in two games playing in back of a fantastic defensive effort. Jones had to make just 25 saves in Game 1 and 28 in Game 2. He has a calm presence and confidence in the crease, allowing him to have a save percentage of .964.

The Sharks' defensive depth is showing off. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun were relentless Saturday, making quality shot chances non-existent. Vlasic ended with six blocks in 27:41 of ice time, and Braun had two blocks while chewing up more than 24 minutes of ice time.

The Sharks want this series more, and now they’re going home. Series over.

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