Jets vs Sharks: Expert NHL Picks, March 6, 2023

Jets vs Sharks: Expert NHL Picks, March 6, 2023

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Sharks money line +170
Sharks spread +1.5 (-143)
Jets  money line -213
Jets spread -1.5 (+116)
Over / under 6

 

2021-2022 season stats

  San Jose Sharks Winnipeg Jets
Record 18-33-12 36-25-2
Road / home record 12-15-4 21-10-1
Streak L5 W1
Goals per game 3.83 3.72
Goals allowed per game 3.28 2.07
Shots per game 31.3 34.7
Shots allowed per game 31.2 30.2
PP % 25.6% 29.10%
PK % 25.22% 20.80%
Over / under record 38-24-1 18-39-6
 

Preview

The Winnipeg Jets will host the San Jose Sharks on Monday at the Bell MTS Place. The Jets are coming off a thrilling 7-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in which defenseman Joshua Morrissey recorded two goals, while the Sharks are struggling to find their footing with a 2-7-1 record in their last ten games.

 

San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have had a very tough season this year. They currently sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division, and it is clear that they have struggled to find success. One of their biggest issues has been their inability to score goals, with the team ranking 27th in the league with an average of only 2.4 goals per game.

Despite these struggles, the Sharks do have some talented players on their roster. One of their biggest stars is defenseman Erik Karlsson, who has been a consistent point producer since joining the team in 2018. Karlsson has been one of the Sharks' best players this season, with 22 points in 35 games played. He has been a key player for the Sharks on both ends of the ice, and they will need him to be at his best if they hope to compete against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Sharks' defense has been a major weakness this season, allowing an average of 3.4 goals per game. They have struggled to keep opposing teams off the scoreboard, and this will be a major issue against a Jets team that is known for their high-powered offense. If the Sharks hope to have any chance in this game, they will need to tighten up defensively and limit the Jets' scoring chances.

In terms of injuries, the Sharks will be without Markus Nutivaara, Luke Kunin, and Jonah Gadjovich for this game. These absences could hurt the Sharks' depth, which is already a weakness for their team. The Sharks will need their remaining players to step up and play well if they hope to compete with the Jets.

Overall, the San Jose Sharks have had a disappointing season and are facing a tough challenge in this game against the Winnipeg Jets. They will need their defense to tighten up and their remaining players to step up and play well if they hope to have any chance of coming away with a win.

 

Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets are a team with a lot of potential and have been making strides towards becoming a dominant force in the NHL. They have a strong forward group, which has been a big reason for their success this season. Mark Scheifele has been one of the league's best players this season, and he has been the driving force behind the Jets' offense. He has been a consistent point producer and has been a big reason why the Jets have been able to stay in the playoff picture.

Kyle Connor has also been a big contributor for the Jets this season, with 23 goals and 23 assists in 59 games. Andrew Copp has been another player who has stepped up and played a key role for the Jets this season, with 29 points in 57 games. Nikolaj Ehlers has also been a key player for the Jets, with 42 points in 51 games.

The Jets' defense has been led by Josh Morrissey, who has had a breakout season with 65 points in 63 games. He has been one of the league's best offensive defensemen this season, and he has been a key player for the Jets on the power play. However, the Jets' defense as a whole has been a weakness this season. They have allowed an average of 3.1 goals per game, which is the eighth-worst mark in the league. This will be an area they will need to improve if they want to make a deep playoff run.

Goaltending has also been an issue for the Jets this season. Connor Hellebuyck has been one of the best goaltenders in the league in recent years, but he has not been as dominant this season. His goals-against average of 2.65 and save percentage of .913 are both below his career averages. However, he is still a talented goaltender, and the Jets will need him to be at his best if they want to make a playoff run. Laurent Brossoit has also played well in limited action this season, with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in 13 games.

Overall, the Winnipeg Jets are a team with a lot of talent, but they have some areas that need improvement if they want to become a serious contender in the playoffs. Their forward group is strong, led by Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor, and Andrew Copp. Their defense needs to tighten up, and their goaltending needs to be more consistent. If they can improve in these areas, they have the potential to make a deep playoff run this season.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games.

San Jose are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games.

San Jose are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 6 games when playing on the road against Winnipeg.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games.

Winnipeg are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 6 games against San Jose.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 6 games when playing at home against San Jose.

 

Prediction

The Winnipeg Jets are expected to come out strong in this game, especially after their impressive win against the Edmonton Oilers in which Joshua Morrissey recorded two goals. Morrissey and Mark Scheifele have been key players for the Jets this season, with Morrissey having recorded 15 goals and 50 assists while Scheifele has scored four goals and five assists in the past ten games alone.

Despite their recent struggles, the Jets still have one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, ranking 10th with an average of 3.2 goals per game. They will look to take advantage of the Sharks' defense, which has been leaky this season, allowing an average of 3.4 goals per game. With the Sharks missing several key players, the Jets should be able to find plenty of scoring opportunities.

However, the Jets cannot overlook the Sharks completely. Even though they have struggled offensively, the Sharks still have some talented players in Karlsson and Alexander Barabanov. If the Jets allow the Sharks to get on the board early, it could make for a much closer game.

In net, Connor Hellebuyck will look to continue his strong play. He has a 2.57 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage this season, and will be the key to the Jets' success in this game. With the Sharks' struggling offense, Hellebuyck should be able to keep the Jets in the game if the Sharks do manage to create some scoring opportunities.

Overall, the Jets are the clear favorites in this game. With their high-powered offense and home-ice advantage, they should be able to put up a strong performance against the struggling Sharks. However, the Jets cannot underestimate the Sharks completely and will need to remain focused throughout the game. If they can do so, they should be able to secure a victory and continue their push for the playoffs.

In conclusion, the Winnipeg Jets are expected to come out on top in this game against the San Jose Sharks. With a better overall record and a more potent offense, the Jets should be able to take advantage of the Sharks' porous defense and secure the victory. 

 

PICK: Jets ML (-213) 

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