NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Sharks vs. Devils (November 30)
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Sharks vs. Devils Odds
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The San Jose Sharks will continue their five-game road trip with a date in New Jersey on Tuesday against the Devils at the Prudential Center.
This is the second and final meeting of the season for the Sharks and Devils. New Jersey claimed a 3-2 shootout win over San Jose at the SAP Center on November 4th.
The Sharks have won three of four, including a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, and will enter play tied for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
New Jersey snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. The Devils are just two points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks have scored just 12 goals in their past six games and six came in one game — a 6-3 home win over the Ottawa Senators, who are tied for the third-most goals allowed in the NHL, on November 24.
Still, San Jose is staying afloat largely due to the play of goalie James Reimer. Reimer will likely make his fifth consecutive start and had a 29-save shutout in the Sharks’ win over the Blackhawks. Reimer ranks seventh in the NHL in Goals-Saved Above Average (7.44) and High-Danger Goals-Against average (1.02) and ninth in the NHL in Save Percentage (.933), according to Natural Stat Trick.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey is hoping to get center Jack Hughes back for Tuesday’s game. Hughes has been skating on his own, and New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff said Sunday that he was “very close to returning.” Hughes hasn’t played since dislocating his shoulder October 19, and New Jersey is 7-4-5 in his absence.
The Devils have been particularly tough to play against at the Prudential Center. They have only lost three times in regulation in 11 home games this season, and their 37 home goals are the 10th-most in the NHL.
New Jersey has scored 20 goals in its past five home games and has been carried by its second line of Jesper Bratt, Dawson Mercer and Andreas Johnsson. Bratt has a four-game point streak, and Johnsson had two goals and two assists in the Devils’ win over the Flyers. Mercer, a rookie, ranks third on the team in points, trailing only Bratt and Johnsson.
Devils vs. Sharks Pick
The margin between these teams is very close. The Sharks are 6-5 in road games this season, and the Devils are 6-3-2 at home. The Sharks and Devils each have allowed 58 goals this season. They even needed a shootout to decide their first meeting, and this game could come down to overtime as well.
But when all else is equal, we’ll take the home team, particularly since the Devils have been scoring goals in bunches in Newark.
Pick: New Jersey ML (-125)
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