San Jose Sharks vs Washington
San Jose Sharks (36-31) against Washington Capitals (37-30), two teams who both have playoffs expectations. At this time I must give advantage to home team, to San Jose Sharks.
It's a little bit a bet on the Sharks but it's also bet against the Capitals. Namely, the team from DC is not doing very well right now.
Washington won 5:2 against Toronto in that recent outside game and then went on the west coast trip but it was not a good start so far. The Capitals have lost both, against Anaheim Ducks as well at LA Kings. And IMO this is going to be another loss.
It's not problem Washington has lost these two first games on this current west coast trip. But it's problem the fact the Capitals' offense has disappeared. This is of course dangerous team on power play but their offense in general is not working well as of late, especially I refer when they are on the road. So, it's not just the case in the last two mentioned games but furthermore, on last six road games the Capitals have scored just 8 goals (1.33 per game) and that is too weak.
On the top of this we should add the fact how Washington will visit now one of better defensive teams in the NHL. So it will be hard for Washington to find it's offense in this today's game.
How good Sharks can be in defense you can see also by their previous game. It was 2:0 home win over St. Louis Blues when Sharks have allowed to Blues only two shoots in third period and that's amazing to say at least.
For San Jose Sharks probably will start Martin Jones. Yes I have had not so good words for him at one point of the season. He was mainly the reason when I was betting against the Sharks. But it was at time when Jones regularly was allowing 4+ goals per game. Still, at this point it's another story, seems like Martin Jones has found the right form at right time.
Also it's worth to mention that unlike Capitals who are on the road trip right now and travel game after game, for Sharks this is going to be the fifth straight home game so no traveling for them since late February. And they are winning, just one loss in those four games before this one.
San Jose Sharks vs Washington prediction
|SJ Sharks||William Hill||1.71||8||0-2 LOST (-8 units)|