The Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the SAP Center. The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing six of their last nine games.
The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Norris leads Ottawa with 7 goals, Drake Batherson has 9 assists and Thomas Chabot has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 73.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 15 goals on 129 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 26 goals on 275 shots.
The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Hertl leads San Jose with 7 goals, Brent Burns has 11 assists and Timo Meirer has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 88 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Adin Hill has allowed 26 goals on 237 shots faced, and James Reimer has allowed 18 goals on 298 shots.
The Senators are 1-8 in their last 9 games as an underdog and 13-43 in their last 56 road games. The Sharks are 2-6 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The under is 4-1 in Senators last 5 vs. Pacific. The under is 4-0 in Sharks last 4 overall. The Senators are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
The Ottawa Senators can’t win on the road, can’t win as an underdog, and are pretty much useless from a betting perspective. The San Jose Sharks have their issues as well, obviously, but they do usually play their best at home, and they’re easily the better team here across the board. I’ll side with the Sharks and take the PL for max betting value.
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