Take Improving Red Wings +107 as Your NHL Pick vs. Sharks

Bruce Webster

Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:59 PM GMT

The Detroit Red Wings will continue their six-game road trip on Thursday night, as they renew their rivalry versus the San Jose Sharks. Check our free NHL pick inside.

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NHL Pick: Detroit +107
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Larkin Making Immediate Impact
The Detroit Red Wings are coming off of a hard fought 1-0 shutout victory over the New Jersey Devils. Petr Mrazek earned the shutout, turning away all 22 shots in the win. Dylan Larkin capitalized on a breakaway opportunity for the game’s lone goal. Larkin’s goal gave him 14 on the season – the most among NHL rookies. The defensemen pairing of Jonathan Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall has been noticeably bad this season and it showed in the win against the Devils. The Red Wings are tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with 47 points.

 

Sharks Struggling, But Only 2 Points Out
The San Jose Sharks fell at home to the Winnipeg Jets by the score of 4-1 on Saturday night. Goaltender Martin Jones surrendered 3 goals on 20 shots and was replaced in the second period. San Jose is just 5-11-0 at home so far this season and 0-10-0 at home when giving up the first goal. The Sharks enter in sixth place in the Pacific Division with 38 points on the season. San Jose has won just four of their last 14 contests. Despite their recent struggles, the Sharks remain just two points out of a playoff spot in a jam-packed Pacific Division. San Jose will finish off a five-game home stand on Saturday versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let's check the NHL odds & betting trends now.

 

Detroit Trends
5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific
7-3 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference

San Jose Trends
1-5 in their last 6 home games
1-8 in their last 9 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record

 

Betting Analysis
The Wings have kicked off their six-game road trip 2-0. While the Wings traditionally struggle against San Jose (8-21 in their last 29 meetings), the road team has won five of the last six meetings between these two teams. Take the Red Wings as your NHL pick on Thursday night.